10 Quotes From Scripture for Graduating Seniors

Words of Encouragement, Hope, and Faith for Grads

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Are you searching for just the right quotes from scripture to share with a graduating senior? This collection of encouraging verses for graduation cards is designed to instill hope and faith in the hearts of graduates as they celebrate their accomplishments and prepare for new life experiences. The following Bible passages are suitable for college graduates or anyone celebrating the completion of their studies.

God Is With You

Fear holds us back in life. Caution is wise, but when taken to extremes, it leads to a shriveled existence. Knowing that God is with you no matter what is a great confidence builder. Keep this truth in your heart whenever you are afraid.

...Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9, NIV)

God Has a Plan for You

God’s plan for you is not necessarily your own plan. When things don’t go as you’d like, remember that our God can bring victory out of a seeming catastrophe. Have faith in God’s love for you. That’s the true source of your hope.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

God Will Guide You

Eternal life starts now, and it cannot be interrupted by physical death. As you struggle through daily trials, you don’t have to worry about whether God is pleased with you. He is your Guide and Protector―forever.

I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Psalm 16:7-11, NLT)

You Can Trust God

Have you ever wondered why some older people seem so serene? They have trusted in God and have experienced firsthand how he has carried them through hard times. Start trusting God now, and you’ll have a serene life too.

For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You ​ are my trust from my youth. (Psalm 71:5, NKJV)

God Blesses Obedience

Early on you have to choose: Do I follow the world or do I follow God? Sooner or later, following the world brings disaster. Following and obeying God brings blessing. God knows best. Follow him.

How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11, NLT)

God's Word Brings Light

How can you know what to do? You obey the Word of God. The Bible helps you make the right decisions. Society’s standards are false, but you can have confidence in the commands of God.

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:103-105, NLT)

Lean on God Through Life's Confusion

When life is at its worst, that’s when you must step out and put your full trust in the Lord. It’s hard and it’s scary, but years later, you will look back on that time and see that God was with you, leading you out of the darkness.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

God Knows What Is Best for You

Being in the will of God means grabbing onto him when your plans fall apart. God knows things you don’t. He has a bigger plan that you fit into. It can be painful, but it’s his plan that matters, not yours.

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21, NIV)

God Is Always Working for Your Good

Life can be frustrating. You set your heart on something only to see it escape. What then? Bitterness or trust in the Lord? Which way do you think leads to hope?

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)

Honor God With Your Life

We all crave respect. When you’re young, many people won’t take you seriously. If you take Jesus as your model and live to honor him, eventually others will notice your integrity. When respect does come, you’ll find you’re more concerned with pleasing God than with pleasing others.

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (1 Timothy 4:12, NLT)
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