10 Bible Verses For When You’re Feeling Hopeless

If you're feeling hopeless and discouraged, turn to the Bible for these 10 Bible verses of encouragement

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I think it’s only normal for us all to feel a little bit hopeless at times. It’s not good, but it’s normal. Sometimes it feels like just when things are starting to go right and everything is coming up roses, something else comes along to make it come crashing back down.

It’s a horrible feeling.

Do you ever feel the urge to give in to the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness and let it just swallow you up? I do too. Sometimes, it’s just hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel (and believe that it’s hope rather than a train bearing down on you). I remember during one of my most hopeless moments, I didn’t think there was ever going to  be “better days” again. 

I once lost my job mere weeks after moving to a new city. At the time, it was soul-crushing.

I enjoyed my job and I was very happy with my company. The job loss was completely unexpected news and very unfortunate considering that my husband and I had relocated for me to accept the position and suddenly found ourselves with a rapidly depleting savings account, a lot of bills stacking up, and no immediate prospects on the horizon. The hopelessness of the moment hit me like a tidal wave leaving me feeling lost and overwhelmed. At times it felt like I couldn’t breathe. I took my anger out on my husband and my dogs and cried almost non-stop.

In those moments, I should have turned to God.  He has a lot to say to us when we’re feeling hopeless. When I eventually did turn to him, when I read His word, I started to find comfort.  I decided to pull together my 10 favorite Bible verses, the 10 that gave me the most comfort, in hopes that they will comfort you as well.

Bible Verses for Hopelessness

Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 24:14

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:6

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. – Psalm 94:18-19

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. – Psalm 34:4-7

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:19

So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. Romans 9:16

How do you combat the feeling of hopelessness? Do you have any favorites verses that I missed? Check out one of my favorite resources – Let God Fight Your Battles by Joyce Meyer.


Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl
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