In this life there are many seasons, but the season that we dread the most is that of pain and sorrow. It´s never fun to be in pain, it´s a very lonely place to be. Fortunately for us, the Bible offers a fountain of encouragement and inspiration to give us hope, strength and a positive mindset on times when they´re the toughest.
When we hit rock bottom and we find ourselves trapped in a suffocating dark cell where there seems to be no escape, the Bible verses which have no significant impact on us if read on sunny days will actually serve as our candles, guiding us towards the door of joy and pointing us to our unfailing source of hope.
Here are nine Bible verses which will surely lift your spirit and comfort your soul when you´re feeling pain and sorrow.
1. Psalm 39:4
In one of David´s prayer he asked God to show him what will become of him on his last days. How will his life end? He was a successful king of Israel—wealthy and powerful—but his life was not all glory. He was his saddest when his eldest son, Absalom, the most handsome man in the kingdom, plotted to steal his throne and led a revolt which sent him into hiding.
David wanted God to show him how frail he was, despite his position, and how insignificant his life was. Understanding his frailty nature made him put his hope in the Lord.
2. Ecclesistes 7:3
If we dig deep the stories behind the songs of hope, peace and trust that we sing today, we would know that the most beautiful of them were taught in hushed and darkened chambers of sorrow.
If we´re to be honest to ourselves, it´s the painful experience which teaches us important lessons, they break down our pride; remind us of our vanity, reveal the true nature of our hearts, polish our blemishes and strengthen our weaknesses. Above all, they reveal to us what matters most and what to prioritize.
3. Psalm 34:19
You may feel that God is so distant when you´re faced with too many troubles, you may even question, “Why me, Lord, when all I did is serve you?”
But being a righteous person doesn´t free you of afflictions, in fact, the closer you get to righteousness in your journey with God, the more trials are going to visit you. The enemy will send all his snares in order to weaken your faith. Too bad for him though, because the deeper you go in pain and sorrow, the tighter you tend to hold to your faith.
4. Hebrews 12: 6
If you´re a parent you will understand God more. You scold, give time outs or maybe even spank your child, not because you don´t love him, but because you want to correct and help him grow into a good kid. Nobody wants chastening, but if you focus on the good side of it, and the meaning of it—a sign of God´s love—then you´ll learn to appreciate the value of suffering.
5. Job 5: 17, 18
What a relief to know that after God disciplines His children, He also fixes and makes them whole. It doesn´t matter whether it´s a broken heart, a disintegration of a marriage, a lost job or a bankrupt business, an ailing body or a drifting relationship with some family members, God can fix it all. He will bind the broken bone, ease the pain of a sore and close up any wound.
6. Romans 8:28
Your suffering may feel like forever and you probably don´t see the end of the tunnel, but remember, for every beginning there is an end. This too shall pass. No matter how hard it is to believe right now, your affliction is only for a moment but the rewards you´ll reap from trusting in the Lord, as well as the perfection of your character, now they will last.
7. Hebrews 12: 11
How do you feel after you cried a river? Tears can make you feel better. But it even feels greater after you surpassed a trial, with the help of God, and you´ve grown in patience and righteousness. Peace is a great reward you can ever have.
8. Lamentations 3: 31, 33
Just like you don´t enjoy disciplining a child and seeing him suffer, God doesn´t enjoy seeing you suffering. For every tear you shed, God sheds a tear too. All those long nights with your tear-soaked pillows, God is watching you intently, through your window, with a heavy heart. Ah, what a relief God must feel after seeing you pass through all the trials, and finally seeing you with a radiant smile.
9. 1 Thessalonians 4:13
Why do we have to lose a love one? What is the meaning of pain from losing someone we love so dearly to death? But while death severs our bind to our loved ones here on earth, it can be an instrument to tighten our bind with God.
The Apostle Paul, through his letter to the Thessalonians, advises us that in our grief over those “who sleep in death” we should not forget hope. Since Jesus died and rose again, so we have to “believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him” (verse 14).
However, contrary to the popular Christian belief that our loved ones who died in Christ immediately joined God in heaven, Apostle Paul tells us that they are sleeping in their grave, waiting for the second coming of Christ. In verses 15-18 he said:
15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Although we will terribly miss our loved ones who passed, it´s assuring to know that they are sleeping, worrying not a thing, waiting for that loud call from God once He comes down from heaven, and we will join them in the air to meet the Lord and be with Him together.