25 Scriptures To Run To When You Feel Like Giving Up


I think we’ve all been there at least once in our lives: Ready to give up when it seems like the burden has become too much to bear.  It could be a relationship, a job, an illness, or maybe even life itself… the feeling of just throwing in the towel seems like the best thing to do (at least at the moment anyway).

The best thing to do when you feel like giving up is turn to the good book; the Bible. The Bible is full of encouragement for any and every situation we could possibly face.

Here are 25 of my favorite scriptures. These are my go to scriptures when I feel like giving up. They encourage me to keep going. I hope they encourage you as well.

25 Bible Verses To Keep Close When You Feel Like Giving Up:

1. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.- Romans 8:28

2. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

3Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9

4. The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. – Proverbs 18:10

5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding- Proverbs 3:5
6. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1
7. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14.27
8. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. – Psalm 55:22

9. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

10. 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

11. 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. – Deuteronomy 31:6

12. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

13. The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

14. It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. – Psalm 18:32

15. 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

16. 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. – 1 Corinthians 9:24

17.  And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

18. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

19. For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7

20. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14

21. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.- Ephesians 3:20

22. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12

23. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men- Colossians 3:23

24. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:37

25. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:6

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  1. Dealing with alot of anxiety waiting on an answer for my disability anyone have any suggestions? I worry about anything and everything even when i pray and pray i struggle with this so much

    • You know l used to be like that,but l then realised it was all an attack from the devil.l started paying attention to those worries as they come and ild vocalise the scriptures that address these issues as youv been given.ild play gospel music and tell God exactly how lm feeling,like for an example for you its the disability.ild look for more scripture and pray for those scriptures.
      Aint nothing impossible with God,if you can get a book called the battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyer.
      Be strong,you are an overcomer
      Also surround yourself with people that will speak life and the word of God into yourlife.

  2. Yes it’s true in accordance with all the scripture that we read it and prayer with all our problems are solve because God with the life giving spirit is always in the mist of our hearts Amen hallelujah

  3. Hi I want to ask a question….are you and every body else telling us that it is hard to get God hear our cries and prayers unless we pray the right prayer or say and do the right thing..he knows we don’t know how but we pray..anyway and we wait.we try to keep the right mind set we wait and we stand ..we do what we have been taught and yet things remain the same…we really wait for directions..yet no answers..what ate we doing wrong and how do we know if we did it right. We trying all that is asked yet nothing change.what to do next I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong when I followed the word and directions yet nothing change..help me understand

    • Don’t ever give up be persistent at all times ,Believe !what you asking for, if its right with GOD ,what your asking for ,and right for you he will give you your ANSWER .Sometimes he has a better way forward for you but you will get a answer . Just talk to HIM like you would to me ,Take a quiet time to pray ,just give him your all .you are in my prayers .x

    • When I pray Joyce I always ask for forgiveness of my sins ,then I tell him I love him dearly ,and give thanks ,then I come with my petitions .The HOLY SPIRIT is my guide ,It’s funny but my prayer life is becoming stronger each day .i feel happier for my prayer time .The way I look at things now ,how would you feel if nobody spoke to you for days ? You would feel hurt ,then I realised I haven’t spoke to God for awhile he will miss me and feel hurt too .x

    • You will be fine, if your happy with yourself JOYCE your heart belongs to GOD through our Lord Jesus , he is a breath away and he loves you x all the best to you JOYCE words of encouragement from sister Joan x

  4. Come to GOD in prayer ,talk to him with praise and petitions straight from your heart ,he is a listening GOD ,JESUS said said ask anything in my name and it will be given and believe ! Just like the woman who Touched JESUS s cloak her FAITH healed her because she believed ,don’t give up SISTER JOYCE BRADLEY ! Just be persistence at all times never give up The holy spirit will help you just ask ! X

  5. So hard to be steadfast when the weight of the world feels dumped on your shoulders. Honestly, if it wasnt for the name of Jesus, and his love for me , where would I be. Thank you Jesus for the cross. Im trying. Im reading the word. I remain in hope. ♡

  6. Thanks for the effort, but sometimes all the scripture in the world, and all the great intentions still don’t help. I feel alone on a desert island. Lost and abandoned . I pray, but still feel empty. There are days I hate being me and I wonder why I’m even alive. I read my bible, I try to reflect and meditate, I listen to spiritual music, I pray, yet, still I’m alone in my misery.

    • My heart aches for you, Lisa. Please don’t give up on God – Hi is there with you, He hears you, and He loves you. I understand that it is difficult. I once read about a child calling to his parents on a stormy night because he was afraid alone in his bedroom. The parents reminded him that God was with him, but he replied he needed Dad because he needed ‘God with skin on’. I am not a church-goer myself, but maybe you need more contact with others in a church family? I’m sure you have wrestled with this, and I wish I had the ‘magic’ words to help you. I find a lot of wisdom in reading Christian books – both fiction (Left Behind series), and non-fiction such as devotionals and commentaries. It is vital to read the Bible, but it helps to understand it, too. I found great teaching and guidance on the radio – there are many good bible scholars on the radio – usually on AM stations. Above all, trust God. I plan to print this and put it on my bathroom mirror for a while.

  7. Thank you so much for this encouraging words…In dis world that we are living in today,we need true servant of God like you….God bless and enlarge your teritory…….

  8. Earlier this evening I prayed to God and asked Him to show me sign, send me a message, give me some nudge for me to know my next step in making an important decision. After I read, # 2 of this post, I got my answer. Thank you Jesus for your word! Thank you Jesus for answering my request in the right time, when I was ready to receive it!
    Thanks also to theprayingwoman.com for sharing.

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11″ AMEN

  9. I have to be honest, I need an opinion. Please don’t see me badly, but I have to tell the truth of what happened. I met this girl around the time I was coming to God and started believing, or so I thought. I was with her for a year and a half with more happiness than I’d ever experienced in my life. Well my old ways crept in and my old sexual past came into play where it became a thing where I wanted to do that all the time. She didn’t want to, but because she loved me she tried her hardest to always please me no matter what. She’s a great Christian girl, I’m the one who messed up. After a while of me backsliding I lost her.. She left. It was then I broke down completely. I realized how messed up and in the wrong I had been and it was like the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father smacked me in the face to wake me up. I realized then that I believed in God, but didn’t walk in the path of righteousness, didn’t have Christ in my life at the time, and was stuck in old ways. I’ve grown so immensely so over this last year since her and I split, but I know it’s all praise and thanks to the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I saw my old vices go away, no more smoking, no sex, no drinking, no lying, finally reading scripture but letting God help me to understand it, doing more for others, using my talents to praise the Lord Jesus and the Father, getting involved more in Bible studies, no more worldly music, no more old ways being me. All things I tried so hard to stop that I couldn’t by myself. It showed me how much I needed Christ to begin with and that’s why I failed the girl I believe God wants me with. Here’s why I posted this comment though. I always find myself thinking of her, praying for her, seeing things that connect to her, heck I remember her and I had a dream each and we had a child named Isaiah in both of our dreams. She hasn’t been with anyone since me and I truly do believe that God wants her with me and for her to see that I am the one for her, but not the man I used to be. I have been waiting this time for her and have committed myself to waiting for her or being single and celibate for life if she doesn’t come back. I don’t remember what chapter and verse, but it essentially says that we don’t know what we ought to pray for and therefore God helps us know what to pray for and desire. I truly believe he wants her and I together, but my heart hurts so much because sometimes the feeling of being lonely, not alone because we’re never alone, but lonely without her hurts so much. In the end I want her to be first and foremost for the Lord and the Father, happy walking in the word, but I also want to show her how he redeemed me of my old ways and made me who he wants me to be for him and for her and I together. I do love this girl and she is the most beautiful girl I’ve ever laid eyes upon. I miss all of the good times we had together, not the old bad things I fell into. Even typing this draws tears. It’s my only desire in my life for myself. Everything else God has taken care of and I try to continually let him renew me. I’m sorry if this was long. May the Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father bless you all as well as your loved ones. I’ve committed to waiting, and I know that scripture says ask in the name of the Lord Jesus and believe and it will be given unto you, so I won’t lose hope, but sometimes it hurts so much..

  10. Amen please God forgive me and take it all. Jesus take my burdens. Please… You know … I missed it so much and so many times….help me… Only You can ΄fix΄ it ALL

  11. I call it a tormenting spirit. God hasn’t left you.he’s walking you through.I’ve had several hospital stays lately and asked the same question but God was with me all the time

  12. I feel like at my end.dont know where 2 go.u know my burden.so i ask u lord please show me the way lord.my heart is very heavy

  13. Thanks Cherie :) it’s actually motivating myself..that’s the problem..but I know God’s hand is moving..providing me enlightenment & guidance..

  14. Thanks for sharing … These are beautiful Scripture passages. A few days ago I linked up to a site that gave me my verse for 2016.
    It is #1. We know that all things work together for good …… Praises … I too am sharing .

  15. Karen, I am praying for you. “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

  16. Kimberly, you are in my prayers. We command this tormenting spirit to leave you in the name of Jesus. Satan is a thief who comes to steal kill and destroy us, but Jesus came that we may have life to the fullest. The devil is a liar, Jesus paid the price for our freedom. Hold onto Jesus with all of your might, and just know that He is holding you!

  17. Amen Yes it’s heavy I know someone is worse probably is doing better with there spirits than me God bless All and help others God that’s not there. AMEN

  18. I will share, Help Me Help Everyone only can Help not Hurt God touch Me Someone is in need for you Lord myself too In Jesus name Amen

  19. Please read if you feel like giving up. God is here for you no matter what you may be facing. He will see you get the victory!! Amen!

  20. Thank u all.i suffer with depression and so keep praying 4 me.for i feel i have lost my way.and i have lost sight of myself.my burdens r harden and my heart is still very heavy