God’s Strength in Difficult Times

By Jim Voigt

Sometimes we just need a reminder. We need a reminder about God’s strength and care for us during difficult times. Memorizing scripture is a way to keep the Word of the Lord constantly with us. When I was in Elementary School, my Nana helped me memorize the 23rd Psalm. By helping me, I mean she bribed me. She offered me several great rewards for learning the passage. When I was in college, my Young Life leader encouraged a bunch of us leaders to memorize scripture. I kept a deck of index cards on me all the time that had 10-15 passages on them. All of those memory verses have been a great source of strength and comfort to me over the years. If you have needed a greater source of strength and encouragement lately, here are some passages that I hope will help. You might even consider memorizing them to hold them closer to your heart and mind during the challenging times we are all facing.

5 Bible Passages That Remind Us of the Lord’s Strength in Difficult Times

  • Psalm 46:1-3  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
  • Isaiah 41:10  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • Exodus 15:2  The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
  • Deuteronomy 31:8  It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
  • Joshua 1:9  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Paul stood-up for Onesimus so that the Gospel could be spread. Onesimus doesn’t appear anywhere else in the Bible. However, a historical letter later written by a Christian martyr Ignatius mentions the name of Onesimus as a bishop of the province of Asia. Historians aren’t sure if this is the same Onesimus in which Paul advocated for and mentored. I would like to think it’s the same person.

Who can you identify as someone to invest in, advocate for, and encourage? What does their life trajectory look like if you don’t stand up for them vs. if you do? Paul knew first-hand, by experience, the life-changing love of Jesus Christ—it changed his life. He used every opportunity to help those around him in the name of Jesus. I miss these opportunities everyday….but this month, I’m going to try a little harder to do so. Our world needs it. Our God has called us to do it. Our Christian forefathers did it. Now, it’s our turn. Let’s go be the church.