Are you ready to give up on God? Maybe you feel like He has already given up on you. Maybe you don’t believe God cares about what you’re going through. Perhaps you want to give up because you don’t feel Jesus’ love, comfort, or presence.
I most want to give up on God when I feel abandoned and rejected, alone and unloved. In fact, I walked away from my faith when I was 17. I believed in Jesus, but refused to follow Him. I had no reason not to give up on God! I saw a million signs it was time to give up on my relationship with God and no reason to keep believing.
Before you walk away from your faith in Jesus — and even before you read my reasons not to give up on God — remember who you are. You are a child of God and you’re going through a hard time. Perhaps you’re experiencing the darkest, saddest, loneliest moments of your life. Maybe you lost someone you love, or were abandoned by your husband, boyfriend, friend. Maybe you feel like no one cares about you. This is not a good time to make the biggest decision of your life.
The worst time to make decisions — especially major life changes — is when you’re going through sad, stressful, lonely, painful moments. Walking away from your faith in Jesus is a choice that will change your life forever. It’ll change how you live, act, think, move, and even breathe. Giving up on God will change how you spent your eternity; you’ll be untethered and alone forever.
Should you give up on God? No. Why not? Because no matter how bad you feel or what you think about your life, Jesus hasn’t given up on you.
3 Reasons Not to Give Up on God
Inspired by Jacob (Israel) and Joseph in Genesis 48, this article is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project. Both Jacob and Joseph lived through difficult, painful, confusing and even life-threatening experiences. Neither man gave up on God. Not only were both men blessed for their faith, their sons and daughters were, too.
And we, too, are blessed by Jacob and Joseph. Our faith in Jesus Christ unites us with Israel in deep, profound and permanent ways — regardless of how we feel or what we experience. And that is the most important reason not to give up on God.
1. Your history with God goes back a long way
Genesis 48 describes how Joseph brought his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to Jacob’s deathbed to be blessed. Jacob adopted Joseph’s sons as his own firstborn, even though they were born in a foreign land. Jacob remember his history with Yahweh. In Genesis 48:15 Jacob said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all evil…” Jacob — Israel — remembered his long past relationship with God. Israel’s history with God goes back for thousands of years, and it included Jacob, Joseph, and even Joseph’s sons who weren’t even born in Israel. Jacob’s history with God gave him strength to bless his son Joseph and his adopted first-born son, Ephraim.
Remember your past with God before you give up on Him. What was your first experience with Jesus Christ? Where did you first learn about who Jesus is and how He affects your life? When did you move from believing in God to actually having a personal relationship with Him? How has the Holy Spirit loved, supported, helped and guided you? Before you decide to walk away from your faith, reflect on your past relationship with God. You may find more reasons not to give up on God than stars in the night sky.
2. The enemy wants you to give up on God
If Joseph had given up on God, his life in Genesis would have ended with terrible pain, suffering, and darkness. Eternal separation from God — not just for Joseph and his descendants but for us, too. The enemy (the satan, devil, deceiver) wanted Joseph to give up on God. The enemy used jealousy, pride, hatred, family conflict and greed to separate Joseph and his brothers. The enemy grinned and plotted through Joseph’s twenty years of family estrangement, imprisonment, and loneliness in Egypt. But the enemy lost that battle. “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,” said Israel, “the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all evil…”
Look beyond your circumstances and see the spiritual battle. You’re facing problems in your life. You may be more depressed, sad, angry and lonely than ever before. You’re wondering where Jesus is and why He is letting this happen to you. Perhaps you’re wondering why He is doing this to you. Whatever your main reason is for giving up on God, it’s part of a deeper spiritual battle. The enemy doesn’t want you to know how much you matter to God. The enemy wants you to believe Jesus doesn’t know how you feel, what you think, where you’re going, and who you spend time with. The enemy wants you to feel worthless, unlovable, and alone.
3. Your story hasn’t ended yet
Genesis 48:15 tells us how Jacob’s life ends. “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all evil…” Jacob made a lot of mistakes in his life — many of them downright evil. He tricked his father Isaac, stole his brother Esau’s birthright and blessing, favored his son Joseph, and refused to allow his other sons and daughters to comfort him when he thought Joseph was dead. Jacob did not live as a man of faith, yet his ended with redemption, hope, and trust in God for the future. Jacob’s story ended with God’s grace, love, and salvation.
When and how will your story end? You don’t get to choose the details, but you can choose how you will live your life today. You can choose to believe God has given up on you, or you can choose faith and trust. You can choose to think Jesus doesn’t love you, or you can choose to believe the lies of the enemy. You can choose to ignore the Holy Spirit’s guidance, or you can choose to give up on God because your life isn’t exactly the way you think it should be.
Jesus, thank You for not giving up on us. We wander and get lost. We allow so many things to distract and consume us. We forget about You in the noise and rush of life, we focus on our reasons for giving up on You — our God and Savior — instead of the reasons to stay faithful and true. Thank you for your love and grace, Jesus. Thank you for your presence and guidance, Ruach (the Holy Spirit!). Thank you for loving us enough to bring us here, God. Amen, amen, and amen.
Want to share your reasons for giving up on God? How about a few reasons to stay faithful and true? Your thoughts — big and little — are welcome below.
With His love,
P.S. Are you struggling to make a decision or find the right path in your life? Read an Easy Way to Stop Overthinking God’s Will for Your Life.
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