The Bible is much more than a history of God’s interactions with individuals, peoples, and humankind in general. It was also written for the present time and addresses the cares and troubles many of us face today with words of direction, comfort, and assurance.

Financial insecurity.

Matthew 6:31–33 NKJV: Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Philippians 4:6 NLT: Don’t worry about anything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.


Psalm 42:11 NLT: Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again.

Psalm 55:22: Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Times of crisis.

Psalm 46:1–3 NKJV: 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.

Hebrews 4:16 NKJV: Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


Psalm 23:1–3: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.

Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV: The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Stress and strain.

Matthew 11:28–30: 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.

Galatians 6:9: Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.

Hope for the future.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.