10 Bible Verses For Bad Days - Inspiration and Encouragement From Scripture

For Everything, A Season

We know from the Book of Ecclesiastes (or The Byrds song, take your pick) that “there is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” (Eccl 3:1). We are told that there is both a “time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Eccl 3:4). I know that most of us can see the truth in this statement. That most of our lives have included mourning, laughing, dancing, and weeping, tears and smiles, pain and triumph.

I also know that some of those weeping days look so dark you don’t believe you’ll laugh again. That there are days when words like these would make you want to laugh in frustration, instead of saving your laughter for a day of joy. Trust me I’ve been there. I’ve had days where the darkness looms so big that I wonder if I’ll ever see the light at the end of the tunnel again. I’ve had depression stare me in the face, and had moments of crippling anxiety. I’ve had times where the events in life lead me to anger, and make me angry with God for allowing these difficult times to happen. I’ve had days where I told myself that it was my fault – that if I truly believed in God, I wouldn’t let myself despair.

Somewhere along the line however, I learned not to be angry with God for events in my life, or let my struggle with mental illness separate us. Instead I try to pray my way through the pain, read the Bible, and find encouragement through His Word and His Love. These are some of the Scripture verses that inspire me.

10 Encouraging Bible Verses For Bad Days

All quotations from the New American Bible.

The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall lack.” (Ps. 23:1)

“Have mercy on me God, have mercy on me. In you I seek shelter.” (Ps. 57:2)

“Those whose steps are guided by the Lord, whose way God approves, May stumble but they will never fall, for the Lord holds their hand.” (Ps. 37: 23-24)

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

“Justice will bring about peace; right will produce calm and security.” (Is. 32:17)

“Lord, have pity on us, for you we wait. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble.” (Is. 33:2)

“Heal me, Lord, that I may be healed; save me, that I may be saved, for it is you whom I praise.” (Jer. 17:14)

“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28)

“You need endurance to do the will of God, and receive what he has promised.” (Heb 10:36)

“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5: 6-7)

Please note: I am not a medical or mental health professional, nor do I claim expert advice for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental illness. I offer these verses as encouragement for individuals who are having a bad day(s). Praying with these verses should not replace medical treatment or professional advice for those experiencing depression or other mental illness.

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What Bible Verses Encourage You On Bad Days? 15 comments

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Thank you for adding some strong and uplifting faith to my day. So appreciative of this wonderful and thoughtful hub.

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ElleBee 4 years ago Author

Thank you. I am glad you appreciated it and that it brought a "Faith moment" into your day :)

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teaches12345 4 years ago

“Those whose steps are guided by the Lord, whose way God approves, May stumble but they will never fall, for the Lord holds their hand.” (Ps. 37: 23-24): is one of my favorite quotees. It keeps me focused on the path and remembering that God is in control. Thanks for the inspiration today. Blessings!

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janshares 4 years ago from Washington, DC

ElleBee, this is a lovely hub of encouragement and hope that during any crisis, we can look to the Word for comfort and relief. Thank you for this hub. My favorites during bad days are: Matthew 6:25-34 (have no anxiety), Philippians 4:6-7 (don't be afraid, ask for what you need, giving thanks), and I Thessalonians 5:17 ("pray constantly"). Voted up and awesome.

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kelleyward 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this. I'm bookmarking for future use. I read the power of a praying parent, wife, woman and love the way she combines scripture with prayer. Voted up and useful. Kelley

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Kasman 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Absolutely uplifting. A few of those I have memorized and have helped through some crazy situations. A great one also that's not on this list is Micah 7:8-10. Very useful hub for anyone needing encouragement and voting up!

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ElleBee 4 years ago Author

Thank you teaches, janshares, kelleyward and kasman!

Teaches - That is a great verse. The psalms are always such a great source of inspiration and encouragement.

Janshares - I've always really enjoyed the writingin Matthew, and the reminder not to be anxious is definitely an important, if difficult, one!

Kelleyward - I will have to check that out. Who is it by?

Kasman - I will definitely have to take a look at Micah. I think that has been one of the neglected books in my Bible!

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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I also enjoy the Psalms and 1 Peter 5:6-7 is one of my personal favorites. Thank you for sharing! Very encouraging.

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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Awesome words. Comforting words. They surely do bring peace to the heart.

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ElleBee 3 years ago Author

Glad you appreciate them craftytothecore. These are definitely some of my favorite verses.

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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I always love the Psalms. Ecclesiastes, too. Thanks for sharing these.

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ElleBee 2 years ago Author

Yes, the Psalms are definitely a favorite of mine Victoria.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Thank you for reminding us of these wonderful words, so inspiring, nell

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ElleBee 2 years ago Author

Thanks Nell, glad you enjoyed :)

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Thank you for these inspirational and encouraging scripture here for those bad days to lighten our load, to His glory!


God bless you.

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