As grateful as we are for the life we’ve been given, on occasion, we are bound to endure bouts of sadness. When trouble comes and you find yourself feeling down, God’s word is full of inspiring support to lift your spirits. Here are three encouraging scriptures to read when you’re feeling sad.
1. James 1:2-4: Count It All Joy
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
One of the most quoted joyful scriptures is James 1:2-4. It highlights the importance of facing your troubles with the knowledge of what’s to come. Tough situations are a little easier to tolerate when you understand that they are meant to make you stronger and leave you with worthwhile lessons. Rejoice in your ability to grow and celebrate the work God is doing in your life.
2. Romans 8:28: All Things Work Together For Good
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
In Romans 8:28 believers are reassured that even our struggles are intended for a greater purpose. God is the author and finisher of all things (Hebrews 12:2). He has the full authority to transform darkness into light. When you feel you can’t take anymore, meditate on this scripture and know that this too will have a happy ending.
3. Psalm 30:5: Joy Comes In The Morning
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
The book of Psalm is bursting at the seams with one beautiful poem after another. In them are countless rays of sunshine that can bring happiness to the downtrodden. Amongst the encouraging verses, God leaves us with Psalm 30:5; a reminder that sadness is temporary and will be followed by joy. Trust that he has a plan for your future and you will not always feel the pain you are experiencing right now.
It’s okay to feel sad. Sorrow is one of the many human emotions that God created when He made us in his image (Genesis 1:26). However, God did not intend for that sadness to be long-standing. Cast your burdens on Him and seek his comfort through prayer and study. Allow these three encouraging scriptures to bring you peace in the midst of your storm.