Bible Verses for When You Feel Like Giving Up
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Ever feel like you just can’t go another step? I’ve been there. Today is one of those days when I needed to savor my go-to list of Bible verses for when you feel like giving up.
Recently I’ve been especially hard on myself and I’ve thought, “Why am I going through these feelings again? I should know better by now. I’ve walked this journey before. I guess I didn’t learn the lesson last time.”
After all, I should be a pro on what to do when you feel like giving up, right? I wrote an entire book about learning how to take life one step at a time and finding strength when you feel like giving up.
But guess what? I believe the Lord is so sweet to us when we walk with him. Sometimes he gives me the privilege of reading my own material and gently whispering,
“Remember how I spoke to your heart in those moments? I want to do the same thing now. I haven’t changed. My word is still true.
The strength I gave you then is available to you now. “
Whether it’s a relationship, a job, a heart issue, etc., that feeling of just throwing in the towel seems like a great solution, at least temporarily. It goes so much deeper too. When we feel like giving up, we feel like all the steps we have taken so far have been useless because they haven’t yielded results. We’re looking for the finish line and God is still working in the situation.
While there are times where change is necessary and inevitable, that’s not giving up.
Change isn’t giving up; doing nothing is giving up.
Maybe today is the day you need to change your definition of success. Or the pattern of your choices. Or your expectation of the results.
Most importantly, perhaps like me, you simply need the reminder that the strength for the battle? It doesn’t come from your own reserve.
Strength for life’s journey comes from the Lord. Hallelujah! The battle is his.
What if you took a few minutes to savor these 12 verses for when you feel like giving up?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Eph. 6:10
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalm 71:16
But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. I Cor. 9:24
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Heb. 12:1
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Zech. 4:6
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. II Tim. 1:7
It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:32
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Thank you, exactly what is needed. God’s timing is always perfect, I was having/am having those feeling first thing this morning again, was praying for guidance and when I opened my tablet for my quiet time I saw this.
Thank you Rachel for this beautiful reminder to not give up. I needed these verses today so much. The last several years have been extremely difficult for me in a lot of ways. Divorce a year ago after 43 years has been the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through and to read your letters to Taylor have blessed me so much. Today though, your email waiting for me was straight from God! Thank you for caring about people you don’t even know. Your words mean so much to me when I’ve felt so sad and alone. I hope you know how important you are to those of us who feel like giving up. ❤️
I was blessed to come across this message from Rachel too. Please know I’m praying for you – that you remember whose you are! God has your heart!
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