Do you know the feeling of being completely exhausted? Exhausted by everything we see, experience and hear every day. All we have to do is turn on the news, and everything jumps right in front of us. All the hate, suffering, fears, worries, dangers.
Add to that the personal worries we all have. Maybe you’re worried that the money won’t be enough, or that you can’t buy enough to eat. Or, maybe you’re frustrated with other people. You may also feel cheated, lonely, or broken. No matter what your worries are, sometimes it can all become too much. And then you think about just giving up.
But you know what? Mankind is not so much different today than they were hundreds of years ago. They experienced the same feelings and worries like we have today. And if we take a look in the Bible, we can see, that there were also incredibly desperate people in those days, as well, who wanted to give up.
And you know what else? God has seen these people, and He also sees you. So let’s take a look at 50 Bible verses about not giving up that will encourage you to keep moving forward.
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Bible Verses About Never Giving Up
God sees us and knows how we feel. And that is exactly why He has left us many Bible verses in His Word that can give us comfort, help and confidence even in difficult times.
Never Give Up When You’re Weary.
Phew… You go to bed after a long day, totally exhausted and so happy that you can just put your tired legs up. I think we all know this physical exhaustion, sometimes more, sometimes less. Maybe you just have too much to do at work, or you can’t keep up with all the cooking, laundry, or tidying up at home.
But not only our bodies can be exhausted. Our soul can be exhausted and weary, too.
In the Bible we find various reasons why people were weary. And related to this we are especially encouraged in 5 areas. So let’s look at these and other wonderful Bible verses about being strong and not giving up.
- Because of the burdens of life – For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
- In Prayer – And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. (Luke 18:1; see Luke 18:1-8)
- In Serving – Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not. (2 Corinthians 4:1)
- In doing good – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)
- When others have to suffer tribulations – Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:13)
We also find encouraging Bible verses in Isaiah. In them we can see that God cares for his children. So if we put our trust and hope in Him, we will gain new strength.
- Isaiah 40:29-31 – He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Never Give Up When You’re Fearful.
There are many, and sometimes even no, reasons to fear. And yet, we experience it. Fear of the present, fear of the future. Fear of people, fear of losing control, fear of loneliness, fear of failure, fear of disaster, fear of being afraid. Sometimes we are even afraid, without really knowing why.
Fears can protect us, but when they become too much, they can make our lives difficult and our bodies and souls sick. We can also react to them in different ways, like fight – flight – freeze.
The people in the Bible also had fears. Even the mighty prophet Elijah experienced great fear.
God knows that fear is part of our fallen human condition. And that’s why He has given us many Bible verses about not giving up in hard times.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
- Psalms 27:1 – The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
- Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
- Luke 12:22-23 – And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
- Psalms 37: 23-24 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
- Psalms 31:24 – Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
- Isaiah 12:2 – Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Sometimes we think we have to do everything on our own. But this is not true. Even Paul said that we shouldn’t rely on ourselves but on God (2 Cor. 1:9). God is there for us, and He will help us. But we have to give our worries to Him and put our trust in Him.
- Proverbs 3:5-8 – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
God is reliable, and with Him we have a refuge and protection for now and for eternity!
- Psalms 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Never Give Up on Someone You Love.
When you think about giving up on a person, it’s usually because you don’t want to invest any more time or energy in that person. This can be for various reasons. Maybe you have been hurt, and there are trust issues. Or, you no longer feel seen or valued. Maybe there are unfulfilled expectations. These often lead us to
want to detach ourselves from others.
But there is Someone who can help us heal. Who fills the holes in our hearts, so that we no longer expect other people or even things to fill them. There is Someone who heals our soul. And all this because He loves us.
God loves you, Friend. And His love helps us forgive others, making it possible to heal broken relationships. This is not about forgetting, but letting go and giving everything to God.
And that starts with communication. Talk to God and talk to people. Communication can change so much when people start talking to each other instead of stuffing everything inside, or maybe even just thinking things that aren’t true. Communication creates, promotes and strengthens relationships. Relationships with others, and also with God.
When we act with love, we can stop looking for the faults in others and start seeing the good sides in them. Then we can begin to bring understanding and change. If we let love sprout, then we can discover more and more how to implement what is described in 1 Corinthians 13. The place in the Bible, where love is described.
So let’s try not to give up on relationships and instead try to approach relationships the way God wants us to…with His love being our guide.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
We find various encouragements in the Bible that deal with the topics of love and relationships. So now let’s take a look at Bible verses about not giving up on someone you love.
- 1 Corinthians 13:7 – [Charity] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
- John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
- Romans 12:10 – Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.
- 1 John 4:12 – No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
- 1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
But relationships with our fellow human beings are also important. Be it friends, colleagues or neighbors. So let’s be encouraged with Bible verses about not giving up on a relationship.
- James 1:19-20 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
- Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
- Ephesians 4:2-3 – With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
- Matthew 18:21-22 – Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
- 1 John 4:7 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Even though God helps us, and we should love others, there are also times when it may be better to detach from people. And that is the case if you live in an abusive relationship. This should not be tolerated. Your partner should not isolate you, hurt you, or control you. If you are in such a relationship, please seek help.
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Website: https://ncadv.org/get-help
Never Give Up on Life!
Sometimes so much bad happens in life that everything can simply become overwhelming. And in such moments life can seem as if it is just too hard to bear. But please remember, these moments will pass – no matter how bad they may feel now.
The desire to give up on life is not new. Did you know that in the Bible God tells us about people who no longer wanted to live? Job is one such person. Job, after he had to experience a lot of tragic loss and pain had this to say…
- Job 3:11-13 – Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest.
Job wished he’d never been born. Even an incredibly godly person, as Job was, can become intensely discouraged. No one is above this temptation to despair of life.
Jeremiah also felt the same way. When he was in a world of trouble, worry, sorrow and pain, he wished that he had never come into this world.
- Jeremiah 20:18 – Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
There was also Elijah. Even he at one point found it all to be just too much:
- 1 Kings 19:4 – And he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
In 1 Kings 19 we read how Elijah fled from the godless queen Jezebel. She wanted him dead and Elijah was so afraid of this woman that he ran for his life in despair. And in that desperation, he even wished to die.
Thus began his 40-day desert journey, during which he slept a lot in the beginning because of fear. His experience is strongly reminiscent of depression. When everything becomes too much, you don’t know what to do. Maybe you are even paralyzed by fear. When you don’t want to see or hear anything more from the world because you don’t know how to deal with these difficulties and therefore just want to
sleep. It is in such times that we can see God’s care so much more.
And that’s how we see it with Elijah. God doesn’t say to him, “Don’t be like that.” or “You’re exaggerating, get going now.” No. He sees Elijah’s fears and worries. He sees how downhearted he is. And so He shows a wonderful tenderness and consideration for Elijah. Twice He sends an angel to him to wake him up and
give him something to eat and drink. Later, God even passed by him and spoke to him, very tenderly. He saw his fear and gave him a new mission and successor.
And that’s why you can put your confidence in Him. No matter how bad things get for you. It is not hopeless. Call out to God! With Him nothing is impossible! Your situation can change with God’s help. You just have to trust Him.
Now let’s look at some Bible verses for when you feel like giving up on life.
- Psalms 50:15 – And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
- 1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
- Luke 1:3 – For with God nothing shall be impossible.
- Psalms 67:1 – God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us.
- Psalms 6:3-4, 8-9 – My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’sake. […] for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
- Psalms 42:5 – Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
- Hebrews 13:5 -for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. He will hold you and He will help you.
- Isaiah 41:10 – I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
- 1 John 4:19 – We love him, because he first loved us.
With God, everything can become new. Even if, for example, you may have done something for which you can not forgive yourself, or you have experienced something that now makes you feel worthless. To God you are worth everything! He gave His Son for you!! When we repent and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become a new person.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
He will guide your next steps, He will help you, and He will watch over you.
- Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
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Never Give Up On God!
There are various reasons why someone would give up on God. Unanswered prayers, hard times, lack of answers, bad things have happened. But even if we don’t always understand why something happens, we can continue to trust that God is real and has everything in His hands. And that He can make something good out of anything bad.
- To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3)
And do you know why else we should never give up on God? Because He has never given up on us.
We can see this throughout the Bible. Many have turned away from Him again and again, but God remained faithful. Instead of just giving up on us humans, with all our faults, he made a way for us to have fellowship with Him – through Jesus.
There are three parables, which we can read in Luke 15, were we can see, that God does not simply forget us or turn away from us. Among them is the parable of the prodigal son, in which the younger son gets his inheritance paid out and then leaves his family. When he has spent everything and is getting worse, he returns to his family. And the father receives him with greater joy. He has never given up on him and he has not abandoned him. And just like that, God will never leave us or abandon us.
Instead God forgives us:
- Psalm 86:5 – For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
He is always with us:
- Isaiah 54:10 – For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
We can rely on Him:
- Isaiah 25:9 – And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
He is merciful, gracious, kind and patient:
- Psalms 103:8-13 – The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
He loves us:
- Jeremiah 31:3 – Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
And because He loves us, He gave His only Son as salvation for our sins.
- John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse is also proof that God never gives up on us. And that’s why it’s our #1 God never gives up on us Bible verse.
And we also know, that nothing will ever separate us from Gods love:
- Romans 8:38-39 – For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Best Reason for Not Giving Up
The best reason for not giving up is our living hope: Christ, our Saviour! Through God’s great mercy those of us who have trusted in Jesus as our only hope for forgiveness and salvation from hell, have been born again. Through Jesus’ resurrection we have received a living hope. And in this we find reward. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have the hope of an eternity in heaven, to be there forever with Jesus Christ. That hope is the link between the present and the future.
And because of this hope we can draw strength, because we know that this life is only short in contrast to eternity. And we also know that all the difficulties we experience in this world are not fruitless. They’re not in vain. God will use them to create good and test our faith. Thus, even in hard times and trials, we can come out stronger with and through God. Through faith we are connected to God and we can know that He is always on our side. That He fights for us, carries us, loves us.
- 1 Peter 1:3-9 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
So when everything becomes too much for you, dear Friend…When you don’t know what to do anymore…When you are desperate…When all you want is for all these worries, fears and pains to stop…When you just want to give up…Don’t give up.
Don’t let your troubles pull you into the darkness. Instead, look to the light. Look to Jesus.
Don’t give up on Him. He knows exactly how you feel. He has lived in this sinful world, He knows your pain, He knows how you feel. He knew what He had to suffer when He came to this earth. And yet, He never gave up. And that’s because He loves us…because He loves you so much. He holds out his hand and He will stand by us.
We are never alone in all that we experience. He will carry us. And that is exactly why we should look ahead. So let us fix our eyes on Jesus, for it is written:
- Hebrews 12:1-3 – Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. And let us praise God, for He is our refuge and protection – today and forever!
- Psalms 59:16-17 – But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
About the Author – Alwina
Alwina is the writer of a german-speaking blog where she seeks to encourage, inspire and equip christian women with biblical encouragement, practical tips and ressources to discover the Bible, live with Christ and bring a piece of heaven from their heart into the world.