Advice and Encouragement

Here are a few Bible verses to encourage those who are concerned about the future:

James 5:8 & 11 You must be patient for the coming of the Lord is near. See how Job stood firm through trials, then how the Lord blessed him in the end, for He is merciful and compassionate.      The next ‘coming’ – is the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath.

Ecclesiastes 8:5  One who is wise knows in his heart the right time and method for action.

Psalm 32:6-7  So let every faithful heart pray to You in the hour of anxiety, when great floods threaten, they shall not touch them. You are a hiding place from distress.

Psalm 12:5  Now I will arise, says the Lord – for the poor are plundered and the needy groan.  I shall put them in a place of safety for which they long.

Jeremiah 51:50  You that escaped the sword, go, do not linger. Remember the Lord from afar and let Jerusalem come to your mind.

The best description of how the Lord will rescue His righteous people is:

Psalms 107:1-32 Let them give thanks, those who were redeemed by the Lord from the power of the enemy and gathered out of the lands from east, west, north and south.

Some lost their way in desert waste landsthey were hungry and thirsty…they cried to the Lord, He rescued them from their distress and led them to a city where they lived.

Some sat in the dark, prisoners, locked up because they had defied God’s commands. Their spirit was subdued by hard labour…. they cried to the Lord.. He saved them in their distress and brought them out of the dark.

Some were fools who took to rebellious ways, their punishment was revulsion to food. They nearly died, so they cried to the Lord and He saved them from their distress

Others there are at sea in ships; they see what marvellous things the Lord has done. At His command, storm winds rose and tossed them to and fro, in peril… they cried to the Lord… the storm abated and He guided them into a safe harbour.

Psalms 107:35-42 The desert He changes into lakes and in the arid land he makes springs of water. There He gives the hungry a home, they build themselves a town to live in, and they sow fields and plant vineyards which yield a good harvest.

He blesses them and their numbers grow, their herds and flocks increase.

Tyrants lose their strength and are brought low, He brings princes into contempt, they are banished into the desert. But the poor person, He lifts clear of his troubles and gives them prosperity. The upright see it and are glad, while evildoers are reduced to silence.

Psalms 107:43 Whoever is wise, let them lay these things to heart and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

Isaiah 46:4 Till you grow old – I am the Lord, and when white hairs come, I shall carry   you still. I have made you, I shall uphold you. I shall carry you away to safety.  

Psalms 23:4 Even though I walk through a valley of deepest darkness, I will fear no harm, for You are with me.

Psalms 91:14-16 Because your love holds fast to Me, I will deliver you. When you call, I shall answer, I will rescue you in a time of trouble and show My salvation.

Reference: REB, (some verses abridged)