Bible verses that helped me get through 2019.
I began to lean heavily on the Word after our tragic experiences in 2019. A lot of nights I would find myself reading the Bible like I read a fiction novel. I couldn’t stop reading. I read until I fell asleep with the phone in my hand, and I found myself telling my husband not to “spoil” what happens next in each new chapter and book I was reading. It actually sounded (and still does) kind of ridiculous to me that I was reading the Bible like a story book!
I found a lot of encouraging verses as I was reading, a lot that could be directly applied to my life. Verses that helped me to realize that trouble really doesn’t last always.
Here is a list of verses that I hope you will be able to find encouragement from.
Zephaniah 3:18-20 (CEV)
“The Lord has promised: Your sorrow has ended and you can celebrate. I will punish those who mistreat you. I will bring together the lame and the outcasts, then they will be praised instead of despised, in every country on earth. I will lead you home, and with your own eyes you will see me bless you with all you once owned. Then you will be famous everywhere on this earth. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
I found this verse when I was at a low point after my 2nd loss in 2019. I found myself constantly asking God when my suffering would end. When will I be happy again? God answered me with this verse and a few others.
I began to meditate on this verse, praying and thanking God for my future. The things I know were promised to us. It was time to start “celebrating” because everything I desire was already mine for the taking.
God has taught me patience and to learn to wait on him.
Ezekiel 12:21-27 (CEV)
“The Lord said: Ezekiel, son of man, you’ve heard people in Israel use the saying ‘Time passes, and prophets are proved wrong.’ Now tell the people that I, the Lord, am going to prove that saying wrong. No one will ever be able to use it again in Israel, because very soon everything I have said will come true! The people will hear no more useless warnings and false messages.
I will give them my message, and what I say will certainly happen. Warn those rebels that the time has come for them to be punished. I, the Lord, make this promise.
Ezekiel, the people of Israel are also saying that your visions and messages are only about things in the future. So tell them that my words will soon come true, just as I have warned. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
These verses here, I have prayed on time and time again. I just happened to start reading through Ezekiel one night at 2AM, and this really spoke to me. I had literally just been feeling exactly what the verse talks about.
I expressed to my husband numerous times that I felt like the prophecies were wrong. I found myself questioning if the word’s were even for us. How could we go through this situation over and over and over? Time is literally flying by and I haven’t seen the prophecies come true.
Is God angry with me? Have I done something to anger Him, have I done something to deserve this? What am I doing wrong? I prayed daily that God would just tell me what I could do to fix it, right my wrongs.
But the truth is that there was and is nothing for me to fix. I eventually realized this after months of no response from God, to those questions. Not one time did He tell me where I went wrong. He didn’t tell me that I needed to do X Y or Z. It took me so long to realize what He was actually telling me: to just wait on Him. That’s all I really needed to do.
The enemy has tried his hardest to delay our promise. The book of Job was laid on my heart to show me that you don’t have to be doing anything wrong for your world to suddenly come crashing down. This scripture in Ezekiel came to me and I thank God. It renewed my faith and patience.
Habakkuk 2:3 (CEV)
“At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting— it will happen!”
This verse is very self explanatory. The same theme here: patience.
Malachi 3:16 (CEV)
“Faithfulness is Rewarded”
“All those who truly respected the Lord and honored his name started discussing these things, and when God saw what was happening, he had their names written as a reminder in his book.”
I’ve often prayed to God that He would remember me. I’ve prayed He would not forget what I’ve been through. Not just last year, but the things I went through at my past/previous church, at school growing up, with previous friendships and relationships, among other things.
Through it all, I’m still here. I’ve never forgotten where my strength and help comes from. I continue to fall, rise up, and fall again. But I fall into my Father’s arms. I respect Him, I praise Him, and I worship Him in spite of what I’ve been through, and I’ve prayed that He would just remember these things.
This Bible verse has been confirmation for me that He doesn’t forget. He rewards those who are faithful in times of trouble, which leads me to my next and final verse.
James 1:12 (CEV)
“God will bless you, if you don’t give up when your faith is being tested. He will reward you with a glorious life, just as he rewards everyone who loves him.”
I was woken up in the middle of the night months ago, and kept hearing “James. James. James,” over and over in my head. I tossed and turned for several minutes until I was finally settled enough to go back to sleep. When I woke up, I realized that God was speaking to me. He needed me to read James. When I began to read, he revealed to me so many different things.
I never heard God tell me a specific verse or chapter, so I figured that meant I needed to read the full book. Within minutes, so many things had been confirmed to me. I was so strongly encouraged by this verse that it has been something I also included in my prayer life.
I felt peace knowing that God would reward me for staying faithful through the trials. My faith was most definitely being tested.
There are so many more verses that I would love to include, but the list would never end. I’ve found so much encouragement but reading my Bible. I’ve learned to lean on God for EVERYTHING. I have almost a guilty feeling when I think about how much I lay on Him. But then I’m reminded that He is God. He never grows tired of us and for that, I am grateful.