During times of trouble or when I am experiencing anxiety, I find that the bible is a source of strength. Motivational bible verses give relief and help to drive the blues away. When I read about the trials and tribulations the characters of the bible experienced in their lives, my own seem small in comparison.
Motivational Bible Verses for Hard Times
Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” I know sometimes, I feel life gets very difficult and I start to despair. I think that the troubles won’t end and I become weak and downtrodden.
I read this passage and I realize that I am not alone. God will protect and help me to get through the bad time that I am experiencing. He won’t disappear suddenly like other people sometimes do. I think that if I have faith in Him, He will carry me through the trouble. I find this piece of scripture to be encouraging because it helps me to have faith in God and His steadfastness.
During the course of a normal day, I find that reading motivational and uplifting passages from the bible can help me to face issues head-on and not waste time feeling depressed or worried.
1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This is another helpful piece of scripture that I like to read when I get cold-feet about something. I read this and know that I really am supposed to stop fretting. God is telling me that He loves me and I should give-up my worries and let Him deal with the situation.
Motivational Scriptures about Work
I find work can be a thorny issue with many of us. A major complaint we have is that the boss takes advantage of his power over us. We don’t have the social connections or the income he has, so we don’t have the power to influence others towards our point of view. The boss gets away with treating us badly and we can’t stop it.
Deuteronomy 24:14, “Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.”
I truly believe that this verse tells us to stop lording power over others. We need to understand that just because we can do it doesn’t mean we should. Power and social status has to be used responsibly and with compassion towards others or we are failing God in a big way. This pertains to work and every other part of our lives.
I found instructions about how I should approach work of any kind while reading in Colossians.
Colossians3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
I thought this made sense because if I need to do something for somebody else, I will do it better than if I did it for myself. I have that certain pride that won’t let me do shoddy work for others, at least not intentionally.
In Proverbs 13:4, “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” I think this is one of the easiest to understand bible verses. A lazy person will never have enough but a responsible person will. Another way to look at this passage is that if I want to get anywhere in life, I need to work for it.
Bible Verses about Motivation
I know at times I feel the need to set a fire under my own feet and motivate myself to correct my own behavior. This includes making myself exercise when I feel like resting or do the yard work when I would rather be fishing. I have those periods when I feel like quitting or just plain giving-up, instead of trusting God.
On the spiritual side of things, I don’t always feel motivated enough to grow closer to God and to keep doing what I am told to do in the scriptures.
Romans 6:7, “because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” I feel that this is telling me that by being born-again, we die to our old selves and are considered a new creation by God. I know that Jesus died so that God could forgive us our sins. When we accept God into our lives, He will see us through Christ as a pure, sin-free creature.
I feel this verse has even more meaning when I consider that we are sinful by nature and will always have trial of temptation to go through. The good thing is that God will forgive us even if we fail because Jesus died for us, making us free from sin.
1 Chronicles 16:11, “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” I think that this verse is part of a theme with the other verses that I mentioned. The verse tells me to look to God for everything and to strive to please Him all the time.
He is all powerful and will provide everything that I need, but I have to follow His commandments and live my life the way He wants me to.
I feel that God is saying that He wants me to develop a closer relationship with Him. I need to seek his face by following His will for my life and not stray away towards those other desires I may have. This is encouraging because I never see God face-to-face, so I tend to lose faith and stop trying to find His will in my daily life.
Motivational scriptures are in the bible for people to read when they have the need for encouragement. They seem to have different meanings at different times, depending on what a person is experiencing.
This is one of the ways that the bible is always there to teach and guide us in our walk with God. If I didn’t have these motivational bible verses, I may soon lose interest in God because I would lose faith in His love.