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18 Bible Verses you can cling to when life feels uncertain and shaky. Plus stories in the Bible to read of God’s sovereignty when life feels out of control.
Whether you’re going through a divorce, losing a loved one or a job, infertility, or even a pandemic, not knowing the future is scary when we take our eyes off Jesus.
Luckily for those who put our faith and hope in Jesus, he has already gone before us in time. He knows how our future will unfold, and he has promised to be with us through it all.
We can find comfort and peace in His Word.
The following Bible verses and stories in the Bible are just what your heart needs when you’re faced with uncertainty in your life.
Use these bible verses for uncertain times to memorize and repeat when you’re having a hard time falling asleep or when you find yourself filled with anxiety over the future.
18 Bible verses for uncertain times
scripture from the psalms for times of uncertainty
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.Psalm 91:5-6 ESV
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.Psalm 94:19 NKJV
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.Psalm 56:3 ESV
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.Psalm 4:8 NKJV
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.Psalm 9:1-2 ESV
More Old testament bible verses for times of uncertainty
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”Isaiah 41:13 ESV
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10 ESV
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.Isaiah 26:3 ESV
Bible verses from the new testament for uncertain times in your life
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.John 14:27 ESV
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Matthew 6:27 NIV
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:33-34 NIV
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.John 16:33 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.John 14:1 ESV
Stories to read in the bible when God is present during uncertain times
The entire Bible is one big story of God’s love for his people, rescuing them from scary, uncertain times and ultimately death through his son, Jesus.
Although the verses above are wonderful to have tucked in your heart when you’re facing uncertainty in life, it’s also beneficial to open up your Bible and read stories of how God has brought real people out of unpredictable times to victory.
A couple of great examples of God being present during uncertainty include:
- The Book of Esther. Although God is not specifically mentioned, His hand is with Esther, and the Jewish people throughout this book tucked into the Old Testament. The Jewish people faced certain death, but through a series of unlikely events that only God could masterfully unfold, the Jewish people come out on top.
- The Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50). Joseph faced many scary events that, if they happened to us, we might question if God was really on our side: being sold into slavery, being accused of sexual assault, prisoned for ten years. Yet, when reading Joseph’s story in Genesis 37-50, you will see God’s hand on Joseph’s life each step of the way.
Of course, there are so many more stories and Bible verses in the Bible to comfort you during this time of hardship.
But hopefully, you’ve found something to set your heart on Jesus.
Because as Max Lucado says, “Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.”