The promises of God to us are so incredible. They encourage, strengthen, and refresh us.
But the promises of God ONLY benefit us if we remember them and apply them to our lives. We must believe God’s promises and trust them even when life is confusing.
Here are 20 promises of God to encourage you in any situation.
Promises of God For When Life Is Hard
1. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation (Psalm 13:5).
God’s love for us is steadfast, immoveable, unshakeable, and unchangeable. Nothing can ever stop him from loving you at 100% max capacity. He has saved you out of darkness, made you his child, and promised to bless you abundantly in Christ. Because of this, you can exult in and rejoice in the staggering, glorious salvation of God.
2. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
Listen carefully. Do you hear that? God is exulting over us with loud singing! Do you believe that God exults and rejoices over you? We fill God with great gladness. When we are in turmoil and overwhelmed, he quiets us with his love.
And when we need his deliverance (ALWAYS!), he is the mighty one who saves. What a sweet promise of God. The Lord himself is in our midst.
3. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
There is nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, that can separate us from the incredible, overwhelming, staggeringly powerful love of God. Even if all the angel armies of heaven were arrayed against us, it couldn’t separate us from the love God.
Neither your current circumstances, nor circumstances to come can break God’s invincible love for us. In fact, there is nothing in ALL of creation, including death itself, that can remove us from God’s invincible love. Doesn’t this promise of God encourage you?
Promises of God’s Love
4. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1).
How much does God love us? So much so that he adopted us and calls us his beloved children. And because we are beloved children of God, we also have an inheritance from God. Amazingly, we share in Christ’s inheritance!
Is there any other love so deep or high or wide? Christ lived, died, and rose again so that God could bring us into his forever family. Hold fast to this glorious promise of God.
5. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).
I’m so incredibly grateful for this promise of God. We don’t have to earn God’s love. We don’t have to work our way into God’s love. Rather, God proved his love by sending Jesus to take the wrath of God in our place. That’s what it means that he is a propitiation for our sins. On the cross, Jesus took the wrath that we deserve.
Is there any greater proof of God’s love? He gave up his son for us. He poured out his furious wrath for sin upon Jesus instead of us. This promise of God should cause to overflow with gratefulness and thanksgiving.
6. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
Is there anything sweeter than knowing that God is absolutely, 100% for us? He is the King of Kings, the creator of the universe, the one who holds all things together. And amazingly, he is completely for us.
If God is for us, is there anything that can stand against us? Is there any circumstance greater than God? Is there any person who can thwart God’s will for us? Is there anything at all in all of creation that can stand against the living God? No! And all of God’s omnipotent power is for us. What a glorious promise of God.
Promises Of Blessing and Favor
7. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Is there anything more precious to God than his son, Jesus? No. And yet he was willing to sacrifice his precious son on our behalf. How incredibly valuable we are to God that he would make such a sacrifice!
If he was willing to sacrifice his own son for us, is there anything he will withhold from us? If he was willing to give up what was most precious to him, will he hold back anything good from us? Never!
8. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).
If God cares about the sparrows – little birds that were sold for just a penny – does he not care infinitely more for us? If God numbers every hair upon our heads, does he not know exactly what we need at any given moment? Yes, he does.
We are of infinitely greater value to God than the sparrows. And so if God cares that much about sparrows, we can be assured that he cares infinitely more about every circumstance we face and every challenge we encounter. He will take care of us. God will provide for all our needs.
God’s Promises of Faithfulness
9. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
He has promised to establish us and guard. He will establish us in his goodness. In his mercy. In his faithfulness. In his blessings. And if the Lord has promised to establish us, can anything thwart his plans. As he establishes us, he will guard us against the evil one. He will protect from all that would try to come against us.
10. Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him (Psalm 30:5).
All of these promises are 100% true and we can throw ourselves upon them entirely. Every single word will prove true, and nothing can stop God from fulfilling his promises to us.
God’s promises are so trustworthy that they are a shield to us. We can take refuge in his promises, hope in them, trust in them, rest completely in them. When Satan throws fiery darts at us, the promises of God shield us from them.
Promises For When You Are Afraid
11. 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. (Isaiah 41:10)
When we are afraid, it is easy to be overcome with fear. But God says that he will strengthen us and help us. When we feel like giving up because the task seems impossible, God will uphold us with his righteous right hand. He will guide our steps as we walk through darkness into light. He will be with us every step of the way.
12. The Lord is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
This verse promises that no matter what we face in life, God will be our light and our salvation. He will never leave us nor forsake us. When we are afraid, we can remember that the Lord is our stronghold and we are safe in him. He is our mighty fortress who guards us and upholds us. Anything we experience must go through God first.
13. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7)
We can be tempted to try to take care of everything on our own. How many times have we tried to solve our problems ourselves, only to realize that it’s impossible? The Lord is the only one who can fully take care of all our problems. He knows how to solve them better than we do. We can be free from the heavy weight of trying to take care of everything on our own. We can cast all our anxieties onto God because he cares about us and will take care of us.
Promises Of God For Times Of Sadness
14. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)
When we are brokenhearted, God draws near to us. He promises to save those who are crushed in spirit. The Lord is the strength of the crushed heart and he comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). He will bind up our broken hearts and heal them (Psalm 147:3). Yes, we may experience sorrow for a short while, but joy comes in the morning.
15. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him, creating praise on the lips of the mourning (Isaiah 57:18)
The Lord does not want us to mourn forever. He has a plan to heal our broken hearts and to give us comfort. He will guide us and restore us, and he will create praise on the lips of those who mourn. We can trust that God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1). He will guide us in his ways (Isaiah 58:11) and lift up our downcast eyes (Psalm 34:15).
Promises For Troubled Times
16. Take courage, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7)
How many times have we felt exhausted by the weight of our problems? It feels like there is no end in sight and we just want to give up. But God tells us to take courage and be strong. He will reward our faithfulness and perseverance. We can trust that he is working behind the scenes even when it doesn’t seem like it. When we’re tempted to give up, we must take courage from the fact that God sees our work and will reward us.
17. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
When we have many troubles, it is easy to feel like we are lacking. But God promises that he will supply all our needs. He takes care of the ravens and the lilies (Psalm 147:9), so surely he will take care of us! Shepherds care for the needs of their sheep. They feed them, provide water, and protect them from danger. The Lord is our shepherd, and we can be sure he will care for us even in troubled times.
18. You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
When we face challenges and feel surrounded by darkness, we often lose our peace. But God promised that those whose minds are steadfast and who trust in him will be kept in perfect peace. He tells us to cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). We can rest in his loving arms as a child rests in the arms of a shepherd. He will keep us safe and provide for all our needs.
Promises Of God For Strength
19. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
There will be many times when we feel like we don’t have the strength to do what we are called to do. We may feel like we are weak and overwhelmed. But God tells us that he will give us the strength to do everything through Jesus Christ who strengthens us. He is our source of strength and power. When we are weak, he makes us strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
20. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)
In order to serve God effectively, we need strength. We need divine energy to do good works for him. God reminds us that we can find renewed strength in him. He says that we will soar like eagles and never grow weary, walking without getting tired. Yes, there will be times when we find our strength waning. But God promises that he will renew our strength and give us the ability to do all things. We can continue to serve him faithfully because of what Christ has done for us.
Hold Tight To The Promises Of God
Charles Spurgeon said:
The sacred promises, though in themselves most sure and precious, are of no avail for the comfort and sustenance of the soul unless you grasp them by faith, plead them in prayer, expect them by hope, and receive them with gratitude
If we want these promises to comfort, strengthen, and sustain us, we must grasp them by faith, plead them in prayer, expect them by hope, and receive them with gratitude.
When we do those things, the promises of God become incredibly sweet to us.
Hold fast to the promises of God. They’re unshakeable.