We all get overwhelmed from time to time. Life seems to throw more at us than we think we can possibly handle at one time. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed can make it hard to keep your faith up that things will be alright. It can make you want to shut down and stop everything. If that’s how you’re feeling today, I’d like to share my favorite Bible verses for overwhelming times with you.
What Does It Mean When Someone is Overwhelmed?
Dictionary.com defines overwhelm as “to overcome completely in mind or feeling” and overcome as “to get the better of in struggle or conflict.” Putting those two definitions together, to be overwhelmed is when something gets the better of you in mind or feeling. Dictionary definitions aside, you probably don’t need me to define it for you because you know it when you feel it.
If you feel like you are about to be overcome, like you are stressed to the max and have all you can handle, you are overwhelmed. You might feel like you can’t catch a break and like no matter how much you work you just can’t catch up or live up to expectations. It may have gotten to the point that all you want to do is hide.
Why turn to Bible Verses for Overwhelming Times?
I turn to Bible verses for overwhelming times when I need some guidance. When I’m at the end of my rope – that’s when I want something to change. I feel like no one understands me or what I’m going through. It’s when I’m at my weakest, that I need God to be my strength. I need Him to comfort my heart and help me past the overwhelm. I need him to show me where to step next when I don’t know the way myself.
What I’m sharing with you today, are the scriptures that comfort my heart and get me through those overwhelming times. They give me the strength that I need to take a breath and try again.
(These verses are all from the King James Version)
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Scripture During Tough Times
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalms 27:1
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalms 46:1
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is they faithfulness.” Lamentations 3 22-23
“But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet I will not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:14-16
Bible Verses for Strength in Hard Times
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them; for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” – Psalms 18:2
Bible Verses About Hope in Hard Times
“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoiceth; my flesh shall also rest in hope. “ – Psalms 16:8-9
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon, upon them that hope in his mercy.” – Psalms 33:18
“The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” – Lamentations 3:24
“Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope.” – Acts 2:26
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulations worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” – Romans 5:2-5
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
Bible Verses About Faith in Hard Times
“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
“He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” -Isaiah 41:29
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” – 1 Peter 5:10
“They mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and they faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.” – Psalms 36:5
Bible Verses for Overwhelming Times
“When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” – Isaiah 43:2
(Isaiah 43:2 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It’s been my go-to when I feel overwhelmed for years.)
“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalms 61:2
“How excellent is they lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” – Psalms 36:7
Bible Verses About Being Stressed
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” – Psalms 37:3-4
“Cast they burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” – Psalms 55:22
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” – I Peter 5:7
“Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
How Can I Get More Out of these Bible Verses for Overwhelming Times?
I love just reading these scriptures off a list like this, but when I want to dig deeper, I read them out of the Bible. I turn to each one and I read them in context, usually with the rest of the chapter around it. It makes for some very comforting thoughts during the day when you read and allow yourself to ponder them. Sometimes I pray about them if I don’t understand, and sometimes even when I think I understand, the Lord reveals something else to me about it.
I have also written them down on an index card, or in my journal. Writing them helps me to remember them better and if it’s on an index card, I leave it where I can re-read it during the day.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Bible Verses for Overwhelming Times
Our thoughts reflect what we consume. If you always read or hear bad news, that’s what your mind is going to dwell on. However, when you consume good things, it steers your thoughts towards those as well. I know which one I’d rather think about. Even when the world is at its craziest, when I feel overwhelmed, and don’t want to go on, I know that nothing is too big for God. He’s always in control and he is more Almighty than my brain has the capacity to imagine. We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we know who holds tomorrow. I take great comfort in that, and I hope that you do too.
What are you favorite go-to bible verses for overwhelming times? Leave me a comment and share them below!