22002.07 God Promises Good Out of Bad

The world says you’re supposed to be all upset, wringing your hands, wondering what to do next in the face of difficulties and crises. But the Bible teaches us that if we walk hand in hand with God, he will bring good out of bad situations.

The apostle Paul explained,

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. (Romans 8:28, NLT)

The Christian life isn’t trouble-free. You will still encounter adversity. But God has given you a new spirit so you can triumph over trials.

Jesus promised,

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33, NLT)

With God, you don’t need to fear. No matter how bad your circumstances are, God wants you to look to him and trust him. Why? Because he is able to use any adversity for your ultimate good. Yes, it may be difficult for a season. But in the end, you can’t lose because he is stacking the deck in your favor.  

Even when you can’t control your external circumstances, you can always choose your attitude toward others and your situation. As you focus on relevant Bible promises, God will help change your attitude. And through your changed attitude, God will also work to change the world around you!

When your heart is aligned with God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will work wonders, making something good and beautiful out of the worst of circumstances!

The following is a list of Bible verses. They are all God’s promises for you! The Word of God is powerful. It is the truth. Memorize his promises. Apply them to your circumstances by quoting them in your conversations. Share his promises with others to encourage them to draw nearer to God.

Abandonment / Loneliness

“Be strong and courageous! Do not fear or tremble before them, for the LORD your God is the one who is going with you. He will not fail you or abandon you!” —Deuteronomy 31:6

“I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you.” —John 14:18

“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,” — Psalm 33:18, NLT

“And remember, I (Jesus) am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:20

Deliverance / Protection

“The LORD’s angel camps around the LORD’s loyal followers and delivers them.” —Psalm 34:7

“Do not be afraid of sudden disaster, or when destruction overtakes the wicked; for the Lord will be the source of your confidence, and he will guard your foot from being caught in a trap.” —Proverbs 3:25-26

“The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you.” —Zephaniah 3:17

“As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the Most High, and resides in the protective shadow of the Sovereign One – I say this about the LORD, my shelter and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust – he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague.” —Psalm 91:1-3

“Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.” —Psalm 50:23

“The LORD says, ‘Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he is loyal to me.’” —Psalm 91:14

“The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high.” —Proverbs 18:10

“He delivered us from so great a risk of death, and he will deliver us. We have set our hope on him that he will deliver us yet again,” —2 Corinthians 1:10

“How great is your favor, which you store up for your loyal followers! In plain sight of everyone you bestow it on those who take shelter in you. You hide them with you, where they are safe from the attacks of men; you conceal them in a shelter, where they are safe from slanderous attacks.” —Psalm 31:19-20

“’Do not be afraid of those to whom I send you, for I will be with you to protect you,’ says the LORD.” —Jeremiah 1:8

“When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you.” —Isaiah 43:2

“The LORD is near all who cry out to him, all who cry out to him sincerely. He satisfies the desire of his loyal followers; he hears their cry for help and delivers them.” —Psalm 145:18-19

“The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen.” —2 Timothy 4:18

“God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble. For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea,” —Psalm 46:1-2

“I will lie down and sleep peacefully, for you, LORD, make me safe and secure.” —Psalm 4:8

“Consequently the LORD provides safety for the oppressed; he provides safety in times of trouble.” —Psalm 9:9

“He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger; he will hide me in his home; he will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit.” —Psalm 27:5

“The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still.” —Exodus 14:14

“For the LORD God is our sovereign protector. The LORD bestows favor and honor; he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity. O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, how blessed are those who trust in you!” —Psalm 84:11-12

“He will rescue me and protect me from those who attack me, even though they greatly outnumber me.” —Psalm 55:18

“The Lord is good – indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.” —Nahum 1:7

Difficulties / Adversity

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

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!” —Romans 8:35-37

“Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him.” —James 1:12

“And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” —1 Peter 5:10

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.” — John 16:33

“For the LORD listens to the needy; he does not despise his captive people.” —Psalm 69:33


“And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:19

“He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.” — Psalm 102:17, NLT

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He takes me to lush pastures; he leads me to refreshing water. He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths for the sake of his reputation.” —Psalm 23:1-3

“My blessing is on those people who trust in me, who put their confidence in me. They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit.” —Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” —Matthew 6:25-34

“How blessed is every one of the Lord’s loyal followers, each one who keeps his commands! You will eat what you worked so hard to grow. You will be blessed and secure.” —Psalm 128:1-2

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his loyal love, and for the amazing things he has done for people! For he has satisfied those who thirst, and those who hunger he has filled with food.” —Psalm 107:8-9

“Even young lions sometimes lack food and are hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” —Psalm 34:10

“You open your hand, and fill every living thing with the food they desire…He satisfies the desire of his loyal followers; he hears their cry for help and delivers them.” —Psalm 145:16,19