5 Bible Verses that Inspire Hope in Chaotic Waters
By Tess Farrand Associate Content Editor & Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
With unemployment at an all-time high, people afraid to go to grocery stores, and businesses closed until further notice, our communities crave hope. As people of faith, we must cling to Christ during this time, inspiring friends and neighbors to do the same. We have the eternal hope, the joy of the Lord, and can show those around us that fear must bow to faith when hope appears. To do that, we’ve compiled five comforting verses giving us hope right now.
**Editor’s Note: All verses were taken from the NIV translation.
- 1 Corinthians 13:8
“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
1 Corinthians 13 is known for its emphasis on the value of love. The verse above communicates that love won’t fail.
At this historic time in history, we must spread this love however we are able. While medication or doctors may fail, love will not. When finances fall through or jobs are lost, God’s love sustains us.
Furthermore, 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. Our best way to give hope to our community is to show love, because that is who God is, and He will never fail.
There’s such enormous hope in love!
- John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
The world’s standards of peace will ultimately leave you unsatisfied. Yet, as Jesus says, His peace supersedes anything the world can offer. His peace permeates the soul and centers us into the truth of the Gospel.
While this storm rages, find comfort in worship music, prayer, journaling, and whatever you need to do to connect with Jesus and allow His peace to fill you.
- Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Movieguide® often leans on this verse when it comes to highlighting entertainment options that honor the true and the beautiful, but these days it’s paramount that Christians lean on this verse for hope.
Negativity literally changes the thought patterns of your brain. If you focus only on what is foul, it affects your body physically and reinforces bad attitudes and habits.
However, positivity affects your brain the same way. When you focus on what is pure, lovely and admirable, your body relaxes into peace. Your anxieties flea as Christ returns to the center of your life.
This lesson is critical the next time a news report or social media post begins trigger your frustrations. Turn the TV off, put your phone down and remind yourself of the good things God is doing right now.
- Psalm 3:3
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”
Has your head been low recently? Let this verse minister to you as a reminder that the King of kings has the power to lift your head and restore your joy.
Like David, your life may be crashing around you. Though you probably aren’t feeling from your son, you have the ability to stop what you are doing and let the Lord comfort you. You must reach out to the Lord, though, and ask Him to help you trust in Him for whatever is to come.
Think about these Lauren Daigle lyrics from her song “Look Up, Child”:
You’re not threatened by the war
You’re not shaken by the storm,
You’re in control
Even in our suffering
Even when it can’t be seen
I know You’re in control
When is the last time you submitted your attitudes to the Lord and allowed Him to remind you of who He is? God’s got this.
- 1 John 4:4
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
Followers of Jesus Christ are stronger than the spirits who oppose Him. There is significant spiritual warfare behind the fear driving the panic around the virus.
God’s Word tells us that the He has not given us this spirit of fear. To honor the Lord, we must remain vigilant in our fight against fear and embrace His peace, because He lives in us.
We are able to defeat fear, to defeat the panic and chaos around this virus if we allow Jesus to use us.
Jesus Christ has already won the battle of the ages against the enemy Satan.
Wait, did you hear that?
Jesus Christ has already won the battle of the ages against the enemy Satan! We only need to remember this, instead of allowing the angst of the world to take over our lives.
Praise the Lord for the hope that you have in Jesus.