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Encouraging Bible Verses When You Feel Hopeless


Ever feel like you need to read a few encouraging Bible verses when you feel hopeless? That’s where I was a few days ago.

I turned to my Bible because I needed to read a few Bible verses for when you’re feeling hopeless because I couldn’t seem to get past this overwhelming sense of dread. I know I’m not alone in feeling a sense of hopelessness at times and I’ve found there is a lot of comfort to be found in God’s word when we’re really feeling down. Sometimes it feels like just when things are starting to go right and everything is coming up roses, something else comes along to make it come crashing back down. It’s a horrible feeling.

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I remember during one of my most hopeless moments, I didn’t think there was ever going to be “better days” again. I once lost my job mere weeks after moving to a new city. At the time, it was soul-crushing. I enjoyed my job and I was very happy with my company. The job loss was completely unexpected news and very unfortunate considering that my husband and I had relocated for me to accept the position and suddenly found ourselves with a rapidly depleting savings account, a lot of bills stacking up, and no immediate prospects on the horizon. The hopelessness of the moment hit me like a tidal wave leaving me feeling lost and overwhelmed. At times it felt like I couldn’t breathe. I took my anger out on my husband and my dogs and cried almost non-stop. My only comfort at that time were the verses I’m sharing with you below.

There are a lot of great Bible verses when you feel hopeless. Turning to God during the times we feel like all hope is lost is one of top ways I find strength to move through day after day. He has a lot to say to us when we’re feeling lost, feeling depressed, and feeling hopeless. I find so much comfort in these verses that I decided to pull together my favorites, the 10 that gave me the most comfort, in hopes that they will comfort you as well.

Bible Verses When You Feel Hopeless

I hope that if you are one of the hopeless, feeling sad and lost, these Bible verses can help restore your spirit and provide you with hope for the future.

Proverbs 24:44

Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 3:6

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Philippians 4:6 – 7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 11:28 – 30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Psalm 94:18 – 19

When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 

Psalm 34:4 – 7

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

2 Corinthians 12:19

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Romans 9:16

So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

Want more encouraging and comforting Bible verses? I love these verses when I’m feeling overwhelmed.


  1. I love the 2 Corinthians verse! One of my favorites is Galatians 6:9 – “Do not become weary in doing good because at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.”

  2. I do this sometimes too – look up multiple verses that will help me in times of need. I keep all of them in a folder in my email – and actually I think I have a women’s study bible that has something similar. Philippians 4:6-7 is so good. Another one of my favorites/go-tos is Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

  3. An oldie but goodie, Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for sharing these, I always need a gentle reminder. 🙂

  4. Thank you for these! I love Philippians and also Psalm 94:18-19. God is so good to us, isn’t He? Always ready to catch us when we fall and see us through our hard times.

  5. Thank you!! I knew a few of these but it’s so great to have a whole list to reference for the days when life just kinda sucks.


  6. Amen and amen! Thank you for offering words of encouragement even in the midst of your hard times. Praying for you dear friend!

  7. Love this! Keep writing your heart out! xoxo I found you on the Peony Project Facebook page! Find me on

  8. Ashley I’m so sorry to hear about your job. I will be praying for you and your husband. Turning to God during this time is your very best option. I’m confident he will open new doors for you as you journey through this challenging time.

    • Hi Brittany! Thanks so much my sweet friend! This actually occurred (and was written) at the end of 2014 just after we moved to Atlanta. You are 100% correct when you say that God will open new doors because I was hired at a new company only 4 weeks later so all worked out very well for us. There was initial panic however but I’m glad that God was there for me.

    • Kev, I emailed you. I’ll pray that you find peace with who you are and that you find comfort in love. XOXO

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