One of the many commands given by the apostle Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy is to “endure suffering.”
Paul knew that ministry like Timothy’s had challenges and that he would face tough situations that may discourage him. Your call to ministry may be like Isaiah’s call to ministry–which was to minister to a people who would hear, but not understand; see, but not perceive.
Even though ministry can be challenging and lead to discouragement, God does not call any of us to an impossible task. He Himself is our sufficiency and makes us sufficient to be ministers of the new covenant. The ten encouraging Scriptures below will encourage the discouraged in ministry by reminding them of our great God who sustains those He calls.
10 Encouraging Bible Verses for Those Discouraged in Ministry
“In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.”
“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.”
Psalm 121:1-3, 7-8
“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.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.”
Psalm 34:4-5, 7
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need…For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do…so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Hebrews 4:16; 6:10, 12
“The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.”
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58
“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
“Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.”
“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent…”
1 Timothy 1:12-13a
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*List originally shared in Friend Raising by Betty Barnett.
Author: Kevin Halloran.