Here are five Bible verses that can help you when you feel like giving up.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
How often have you felt like just giving up? If many were honest, they’d probably say, “Me.” I include myself in that company. It’s discouraging to work and labor and do things the right way, only to be ignored and shown no appreciation or given any thanks, but remember what the Apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Col 3:23). When we see Christ in Person, the men (or women) we worked for won’t be there to reward us. In fact, they might not even be there, but the point is our reward for “doing good” comes from God, but it will come “in due season,” meaning, maybe not today. Just don’t “give up.”
Psalm 103:13-14 “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”
What a tender image of the loving Father. He condescends down to our level and has regard for us as His own children, showing “compassion to those who fear him,” because He knows we’re just dust! The word compassion means “with” (com) “suffering” (passion), so God comes alongside us in our suffering, and in a sense, enters into our suffering, because He is a Father that understands what we’re made of. That’s because He made us. He ought to know (Heb 4:13)!
Isaiah 40:30-31 “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 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.”
I have not fainted, but I know of a few people that have. One was a missionary who had just returned from Africa and a mission trip for impoverished children. He saw this as a biblical command where Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matt 25:35), but when he returned to tell us about it, he nearly fainted after talking for about 20 minutes. This verse came to mind that even though he was relatively young, he had fainted from exhaustion as a result of his just returning to America, but God did renew his strength, and again, he is actively pursuing pure religion (James 1:27) and mounted up on the wings of a 747 back to Africa!
Hebrews 12:3 “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
The “him” in this verse obviously refers to Jesus because He was the only One Who faced the hostility of evil sinners who had a mockery of a trial, and inhumane scourging by the Romans, and the most humiliating and torturous death there is, and that was on the cross. Since He was willing to suffer such hostility, don’t be surprised that you do. It’s been granted that we should suffer with Him, and that’s a great honor (Phil 1:9).
Ecclesiastes 9:11 “Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.”
I believe this verse speaks of the sovereignty of God because “the race is not to the swift,” but to what God ordains, and what He ordains, cannot be changed. Solomon may be telling us that we must trust God in all that happens, and that things don’t always turn out the way we expect. But they always turned out the way that God wanted, and that’s always good (Rom 8:28). Solomon’s conclusion is, “wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard” (Eccl 9:16).
I hope these can encourage you. Perhaps you can forward this link to encourage someone else you know who needs it. We are to be building one another up. The word “encourage” really means to give back courage or enable someone to be courageous, so it is up to us as brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage or build up the other members of the Body of Christ. You might be the very reason they don’t give up!
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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