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Q:

Does God ever give up on us? I wouldn't be surprised if He's given up on me because I can't count how many times I've told Him I'll live a better life, and then I forget all about it. He must be very disappointed in me.


A:

God doesn’t give up on us until we give up on Him. Only when we repeatedly turn our backs on Him and stubbornly refuse His offer of forgiveness will He finally let us go. The Bible warns, “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).

Have you reached that point? No, you haven’t; if you had, you wouldn’t be writing me or worrying about your salvation. The person who is in the most danger spiritually is the one who doesn’t care about his or her spiritual state. Don’t let that ever become true of you!

But your question concerns me, nevertheless, because it suggests that you have misunderstood what God expects of you. Does God just want you to behave better? To put it another way, does God promise to reward you with eternal life if you’ll just try hard enough? Or does God want something else from you? The answer is “Yes”—God does want something else, and that “something” is for you to give your life to Jesus Christ.

You see, we are separated from God because of our sins, and our greatest need is to be forgiven and cleansed of them. This is why Jesus Christ came into the world. All your sins were placed on Him, and He died for you. Now God offers you salvation as a free gift—a gift Christ paid for with His blood. Repent of your sins and ask Christ to come into your life today.

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42 Comments

  1. Eileen says:

    I admit that today after so many prayers not answered and consistent financial curses upon me for years, I just think at this point that if there is a God, I gave up. I feel he doesn’t care about me and my kids! I’m done! I can’t continue suffering like this with no hope or a glimpse of light to give me strength. I’m weak and have asked God for help and strength but NOTHING. Things just get worse! I can’t take anymore suffering, i just Can’t!

    1. BGEA says:

      Eileen, we understand how continued suffering and trials can make you feel like giving up. It’s not always easy to keep going, but we assure you that there is always hope. Always. God does hear you and does care, even if His response to your prayers isn’t what you’re expecting. We have passed on your comment to our team and will respond in more depth as soon as possible.

  2. amy says:

    so how do i now if proverbs 29:1 applies to me i have had warning dreams and stopped being with this man then went back to him then stopped seeing him, but prov 29 1 was on my mind. why? does it mean im hopeless?

  3. Chrissy says:

    I’ve been trying to commit to my Christian life, but I always find myself slipping and going back to my old ways. I feel like God has given up on me. How do I commit to God?

    1. BGEA says:

      Chrissy,

      First of all, God never gives up on you. He loves you with an everlasting love. Second, We’d love to chat with you and talk through some of your questions. If you are up for it, please visit this link: http://peacewithgod.net/

  4. Broderick hurd says:

    I need god. i need help. im trying my best to hold and believe but losing my job, my home is overwhelming. i pray but seems god is not listening to me. i don’t know what else to do.

    1. BGEA says:

      Broderick, we are forwarding your comment to our team so we can respond to you as soon as possible.

  5. Jerome McDonald says:

    Why does GOD allow so much pain?? I’ve lost my job, laid off, that I’ve thanked HIM for every day. I’ve helped ppl when it hurts me to. My bills are due, I have no income, I pray and talk to HIM all day every day and I’m still going thru so much pain. Going thru a divorce. Trying to do for my kids and I’m still not doing enough bcuz GOD took my job and any income I have. Why so much pain?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jerome, we’re very sorry about all that you have been suffering through and are praying for you. If you’d ever like to talk with someone at BGEA, our Christian Response Center is open Monday-Saturday and would be honored to talk and pray with you. Here is contact information: http://billygraham.org/about/contact/

      Also, we hope this article about suffering by Billy Graham will help you in your walk with God. Know that God loves you and has not abandoned you. We’re praying you have hope even in these difficult times. http://billygraham.org/story/suffering-why-does-god-allow-it/

    2. Lucian says:

      God did not do this to you, it is simply an unfortunate interrupted of life. It rains on the good and the bad, you should not only love him when life goes well, you should love him through the storms as well, and like any storm, there is an end even if there seems to be no end in sight. Longsuffering is a fruit of the spirit. Persevere through this and hold on to God, and he will surely bless you 3 fold. Even David asked these questions that you have as to why a loving God would allow people to try to kill him, yet God was with him through it all. When Job stayed true to God, God gave him double of what he lost. God bless.

  6. dea says:

    I’m really afraid He gave up on me. I praying but not sure he is listening to me anymore. it looks like he is done with me, tired fro me asking forgivenes for doing the same sin over and over again. it just makes me feel so lost and empty, :'(

  7. Adrian McMillan says:

    I don’t know what to think. I’m a husband, father, uncle, brother, nephew, and son. I try so hard to live right, but all I can manage to do is screw up. I’m tired of fighting! !! Nothing good ever happens to me. I wake up everyday, and I have life, but everything is awful in my life. I’m tired. Should I just give up? I need answers.

    1. BGEA says:

      Adrian, if you’d like to talk to someone from our team, you can call us at 1-877-247-2426.