Use these Bible verses about endurance for when the road is long and you need encouragement. Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a free printable of these scriptures for enduring with faith.
Scriptures for Strength and Endurance
I shivered as I dipped my feet into the icy water.
My eyes scanned the horizon, squinting into the sunrise, scanning for the orange buoys in the distance. Today, at the starting line of a long-distance triathlon, would be a day for endurance.
Triathlon racing required perseverance, whether it was calming fear during the open water swim, pushing past pain on the bike ride, or pounding out long miles on the run.
Those hours of physical activity taught me so much about what endurance means – keeping on when you want to quit, finding ways to counteract boredom, or praying for help when stopping seems to be the only option.
While each triathlon I competed in was a challenge, I’ve come to learn life requires endurance for so many bigger challenges.
Maybe you can relate to some of these:
- Physical pain or chronic conditions that don’t go away
- Children with special needs
- Financial struggles
- Marriage or relationship problems
- Stressful work conditions
When the going gets tough and situations seem to stretch out way beyond what seems manageable, God provides endurance for the journey.
Use these Bible verses about endurance (and the free printable Bible reading plan download below) for verses about endurance and examples of enduring in the Bible.
Endurance Produces Character
How many times have you wanted to quit when problems seemed insurmountable? I sure have.
God’s Word tells us to keep on with the strength only He provides. Matthew 24:13 says, “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
May these words strengthen, encourage, and empower you to live for Christ as you read about what the Bible teaches for enduring.
30 Endurance Scripture Verses
Where do we read about endurance in the Bible? Use these passages about patience and strength for times when you need endurance to keep going.
1. James 1:12 – Steadfast under trial.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.James 1:12
Friend, I know you are going through difficulties. I know life is not easy and at times it seems like there’s simply no way out of what you face. Remain steadfast. Hold on to your faith. The end result will be worth it, both in this life and in eternal life to come. God has promised this to you.
2. Romans 5:3-5 – Endurance produces character.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.Romans 5:3-5
Think about the people you most admire in your life. Who are role models you look up to? Who are your spiritual mentors? All of them have gone through great difficulities and times of trial.
We grow during the tough times, not during the easy times. As much as we would all like to avoid pain (I know I sure would), these are the times that drive us to our knees in prayer. This is when God shapes and molds you to become more like Him.
3. Galatians 6:9 – Do not grow weary of doing good.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9
Do you grow weary in doing the right thing? I do, especially when it seems like other people around me get away with making whatever choices they want. I get tired of parenting my intense children with special needs. It’s hard to choose healthy food when others around me eat ice cream and potato chips.
This verse is a great reminder that if you keep making the right choice, you will reap spiritual rewards.
4. 1 Chronicles 16:11- Seek His presence.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!1 Chronicles 16:11
Do you spend time with God each day? For me, that quiet time happens first thing in the morning. I’m an early riser so I often get up when it’s still dark. The house is quiet, and I use that time to read a Bible passage, write in my journal, and look over my task list for the day while sipping on a mug of hot tea. I cherish these few minutes of peace before the busy day begins.
Whenever you do it, be intentional about seeking time in God’s presence.
5. 2 Timothy 2:12 – If you endure, you will reign.
…if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us…2 Timothy 2:12
What an incredibly promise God offers you in 2 Timothy. You have the opportunity to reign with him! This is nothing you deserve because you are a sinful person who deserve death and punishment (and I am, too). Yet God treats you as his son or daughter.
6. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 – Do not grow weary of doing good.
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.2 Thessalonians 3:13
This passage is similar to the one we read in Galatians 6:9. Do not get tired of doing what is right. At times it might seem frustrating, but God sees your efforts and blesses them.
7. Hebrews 10:36 – Receive the promise.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.Hebrews 10:36
God fulfills every promise He makes. You can trust that all of God’s promises will come true. Hold on.
8. James 1:2-4 – Count it all joy.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.James 1:2-4
Do you rejoice in your sufferings? I admit this is a tough one for me. I can praise God for who He is and ways He is working, but to actually count it as joy when I face problems? I admit I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it more each day.
Read this plan about praising God in the storms of life to learn more about the concept of praising God during tough times.
9. Matthew 24:13 – The one who endures will be saved.
But the one who endures to the end will be saved.Matthew 24:13
One of the reminders we often give to women in our Faithful Finish Lines weight loss program is the most simple yet also the most difficult – don’t quit. Before I lost weight the final time, I started programs (mostly Weight Watchers) and quit them all, gaining all the weight back.
What if I wouldn’t have quit? I would have seen success much sooner.
10. Revelation 3:11 – Hold fast.
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.Revelation 3:11
You are blessed with many material things. Most of us reading these words are richer than 95% of the world. But along with all we have is the challenge to maintain it. Keeping up with the house, car, jobs, kids, and so much more is a never-ending task.
As a mom of 5, I feel like just keeping up with the dishes and laundry is one of my biggest challenges!
Let’s not forget about what you hold onto that matters most. Hold fast to Jesus, dear friend.
11. Ephesians 6:18 – Keep alert with perseverance.
…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.Ephesians 6:18
As we read about in 1 Peter, the devil prowls like a lion seeking to devour you. Keep alert. Expect that Satan will tempt and attack you. Fight back with the sword of the spirit and do not lose faith.
12. Philippians 1:6 – He who began a good work in you.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.Philippians 1:6
God has big plans for your life. Do you believe it? The fact that you are alive and breathing is proof that God has a purpose for your life. You are here for a reason.
13. Hebrews 10:23 – He who promised is faithful.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23
Keep holding on to your faith in Jesus. God is faithful and will bring about His work in your life. Trust in the most important promise in the Bible, which is that those who believe in Jesus as their Savior have eternal life.
14. Romans 12:2 – Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2
When you become a Christian, you become a different person. Your personality is the same, your outward look is the same, but there is a difference. The Holy Spirit is inside of you, working to transform and renew you.
Rather than trying to do everything on your own, rely on the power of God at work in your heart. You don’t have to guess about the right course of action. Instead, discern God’s will based on what you learn in the Bible.
15. 1 Peter 5:8 – The devil prowls like a roaring lion.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8
This verse from 1 Peter is an important precaution. You have a real enemy who is seeking to destroy you. Satan’s main job is to pull you away from God. He plays dirty and will use any trick or lie to tempt you. Often he reminds you of your past to keep you stuck in shame and guilt.
You can withstand any of the devil’s schemes. Fight him with the truth of God’s Word. You have victory in Jesus Christ.
16. Mark 13:13 – The one who endures to the end.
And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.Mark 13:13
On this website, I’m open about sharing my faith and who I am as a Christian. Most people are incredibly supportive, but I’ve had some people email me and say the are unfollowing me because I share my faith.
Others swear at me, call me names, or make fun of me. I don’t let it deter me, and this verse in Matthew is a good reminder that we can expect this reaction from people in the world sometimes. I won’t stop sharing my faith and neither should you.
17. 1 Corinthians 10:13 – God will not let you be tempted beyond your ability.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13
Have you ever had someone say to you, “Don’t worry. God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Guess what? The phrase “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” is not in the Bible. In fact, I would be so bold as to say that phrase is not based on Biblical teaching at all.
Instead I would say, “God will not give you more than He can handle.” Don’t misquote 1 Corinthians 10:13, which tells us that when we are tempted God will provide a way out.
You are going to face trials and temptations that bring you to your knees, which is right when you can turn to God in prayer.
18. Ephesians 6:11 – Fight Satan with the whole armor of God.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.Ephesians 6:11
When Satan attacks, you are not left powerless. God gives you tools to fight any spiritual battle, like the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. Read more about spiritual warfare in these Bible verses.
19. 1 Corinthians 16:13 – Stand firm.
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.1 Corinthians 16:13
Stand firm in your faith. The world tempts you to believe ethics change based on circumstances, but you know there is a divine creator and an ultimate truth. Cling to what is true.
20. Job 17:9 – Those with clean hands grow stronger.
Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.Job 17:9
Job was a man who faced the worst trials that have been recorded. He lost his entire family and extended family, his livestock, his property, and his health. He was in misery yet never doubted or spoke against God.
In this passage Job shares his deep grief and sorrow, yet still offers you a reminder that when you trust in God, you endure.
21. 1 Peter 4:12-13 – Do not be surprised at trials.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.1 Peter 4:12-13
I don’t know about you, but problems always seem to catch me off guard. It feels like this shouldn’t be happening to me.
I admit that during these last couple years when I had lots of horrible stomach problems, my thoughts were, “Why me, Lord?” and, “Why do I have to be the one to have this horrible problem?” I felt lonely, scared, and hopeless at times.
This scripture verse from 1 Peter gives me a good reminder that I shouldn’t be surprised when problems come. I am supposed to expect trials during my time here on earth. (In fact, a challenging question you can ask yourself is, “why not me?”) My job is to lean on God during these times and continue in faith.
22. Revelation 14:12 – A call for endurance.
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.Revelation 14:12
Do you ever wonder what your calling is in life? This passage makes it clear. You are to endure in faith, keeping the commands of God.
23. Matthew 10:21-22 – Brother delivers over brother.
Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.Matthew 10:21-22
We don’t know exactly what the end of time will look like, but we know some really bad stuff is going to happen before Jesus comes again. The Bible promises that we don’t have to be afraid of it, but we should be prepared. If we endure and continue to trust God, we will be saved.
24. Hosea 12:6 – Wait continually for God.
So you, by the help of your God, return,
hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.Hosea 12:6
Hold on to love and justice. This verse held meaning for me during the time my husband and I were falsely accused and taken to court for something we didn’t do wrong. While at the time the pain was almost unbearable, God brought us through that difficult time and now we are in a much better place.
25. Psalm 138:8 – God fulfills His purpose for you.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.Psalm 138:8
This verse brings me so much comfort because it reminds me that God will fulfill His plans and purposes for my life. So many times I am stubborn and don’t do what I need to do, mess up what I try, and generally just don’t get it right. Yet God will still somehow work it all for His good and glory.
26. James 5:11 – Blessed are the steadfast.
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.James 5:11
Job’s life is a reminder to us that we can be steadfast despite trials. As we read about earlier, Job faced some of the worst circumstances any human being has ever experienced, yet he never cursed God or doubted God’s goodness. No matter what you are going through today, remember that the Lord is compassionate and merciful to you.
27. Romans 2:7 – The gift of eternal life
…to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.Romans 2:7
Romans 2 is an important passage to read about what happens when you pass judgement on other people, especially when you commit the same sins you are judging in others. Instead, you should use God’s kindness as way of coming back to repent of our own sins. All of us sin according to the law, and salvation is yours as a free gift from God.
28. Hebrews 6:13-15 – Surely I will bless you
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.Hebrews 6:13-15
This passage is a good reminder to be patient and wait on God’s timing. Abraham is an example of a person of faith who waited for the Lord and received what God promised to him.
29. Philippians 3:13-14 – Forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what’s ahead
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:13-14
There’s so much encouragement in this Bible passage about pressing on toward the goal. Forget what is behind you. (Remember that God has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west.) Your goal is eternal life with God. Nothing else is as important.
30. Revelation 2:25-28 – He will receive the morning star.
Only hold fast what you have until I come. The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star.Revelation 2:25-28
The morning star is a gift to believers who remain faithful. This morning star can be interpreted as Christ himself or as the splendor and victory you will receive when Christ comes again. (Read more about the morning star here.)
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