We all hurt at one time or another. And sometimes, it seems too often. When our heart aches, when it is wounded and bleeding, we need the comfort of the Lord and His Word.
My special guest today is Lindsey Bell, who is celebrating the launch of her new Bible study and devotional book Unbeaten: How Biblical Heroes Rose Above Their Pain…and You Can Too.
To celebrate her book, Lindsey is giving away a HUGE bundle of books! Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win. You can get more entries by commenting on other blogs in the tour as well. Get a full list of participating blogs on Lindsey’s site.
Lindsey Bell is the author of the Bible study and devotional, Unbeaten, and of the parenting devotional, Searching for Sanity. She’s a stay-at-home mother of two silly boys, a minister’s wife, an avid reader, and a lover of all things chocolate. Lindsey writes weekly on her site about faith, family, and learning to love the life she’s been given.
Why does life have to be so hard? If you’ve ever asked this question, you’re not alone. Difficult times often leave Christians searching the Bible for answers to some of life’s most difficult questions.
* Does God hear me when I pray?
* Why isn’t He doing anything?
* Does He even care?
In Unbeaten, Lindsey walks with readers through the stories of men and women in the Bible who went through difficult situations. In this 10-week Bible study and devotional, she addresses many of these questions and helps readers learn how they, too, can be unbeaten.
If you’re hurting today, I pray these verses minister to you. Here’s Lindsey…
The Bible is far from silent when it comes to pain and suffering.
In light of the release of Unbeaten, my new Bible study and devotional that’s written specifically for those going through hard times, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite Bible verses for when you’re hurting.
Bible Verses for When You’re Hurting:
1. Psalm 34:17-18:
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
2. Psalm 9:10:
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
4. James 1:12:
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
5. Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
6. John 16:33:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
7. Joshua 1:9:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
What other Bible verses encourage you when you’re hurting?
*All Scriptures are from the NIV.
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” (2 Cor. 4:8-9 TLB)