Scriptures of Comfort
Faith and Trauma
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds
Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing;
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Taken from the NIV Translation.
Faith & Trauma can be challenging for survivors who have been through trauma. The truth to start out is the God loves you. He loves each and everyone of you, no matter where you are with your faith. He won't say, "I don't believe you," or try to intimidate you or minimize your feelings when you talk about your pain or what you've been through. At those times, these words written by David might be of comfort.
The Lord replies, "I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do." The Lord's promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from the lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised through the land.
Why did God let this happen to you? Good question. I wish I had the answer. What I do have is a question for you to ask yourself instead. What does God want me to bring away from this? How can I use what I experienced to help someone else? Believe me, I know this sounds hookey. But what else amakes sense?
Adapted from God, Abuse and DID: by Phyllis J. Bonds