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Bible Scripture on When Bad Things Happen

Verses That Support, Guide, and Pull Us Through

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There are many bad things that happen in our lives that too often people attribute to fate or destiny. But the Bible actually has other things to say about the bad things that can happen to us and how God is always there to put us back on the right path.

Is It Fate?

Sometimes when bad things happen, we think that it's fate. We think that God destined us for these bad things, which lead to anger. Yet, it's not necessarily that God destined us for bad things. He teaches us that He provides us with support and guidance during the tough times. He provides us with the tools to keep our eyes on Him when bad things happen.

2 Timothy 3:16
Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. (CEV)

John 5:39
You search the Scriptures, because you think you will find eternal life in them. The Scriptures tell about me (CEV)

2 Peter 1:21
For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (NIV)

Psalm 19:7
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. (NIV)

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (NLT)

Hebrews 10:7
Then I said, "Look, I have come to do your will, O God—as is written about me in the Scriptures." (NLT)

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)

Acts 9:15
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel (NASB)

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (NASB)

John 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (NASB)

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (NIV)

Isaiah 55:11
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV)

Isaiah 66:2
Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (NIV)

Numbers 14:8
If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. (NIV)

God Supports Us

God reminds us that He is always there to support and guide us when bad things happen. Tough times mean being tough ourselves, and God is there to carry us through. He provides us with what we need.

Acts 20:32
I now place you in God’s care. Remember the message about his great kindness! This message can help you and give you what belongs to you as God’s people. (CEV)

1 Peter 1:23
Do this because God has given you new birth by his message that lives on forever. (CEV)

2 Timothy 1:12
That’s why I am suffering now. But I am not ashamed! I know the one I have faith in, and I am sure that he can guard until the last day what he has trusted me with. (CEV)

John 14:26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (ESV)

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

John 15:26-27
But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. (ESV)

Revelation 2:7
Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God. (NLT)

John 17:8
For I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me. (NLT)

Colossians 3:16
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. (NLT)

Luke 23:34
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. (NLT)

Isaiah 43:2
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (NLT)

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