What If God Had Given Up On You?

Who have you given up on?

Who should you give a second chance?

Take a moment to think back to your darkest, not so shining moment.

Can you recall a time in your life when your situation seemed hopeless. There was no where else to turn and you desperately stretched your hand up out of the pit you were trapped in, and cried out to Him. Help me, please help me!

If you’ve ever been there, then you can relate to the anguish David reveals in this Psalm.

“For troubles without number surround me;

my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.

They are more than the hairs of my head,

and my heart fails within me.” Psalm 40:12

In that moment, you cried out for His grace and His mercy to come and lift you up and save you.

And He did!

“Praise the LORD, my soul;

all my inmost being, praise his holy name…

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion.”

Psalm 103: 1,4

But, can you, for a moment, imagine a different scenario? What if you had stretched out your hand, in search of a Savior, and there was no hand waiting to grab hold of yours. Instead, all you heard were these words to meet your cries for help, “I’m sorry, but it’s too late for you.”

God does not give up on you. Did you hear that?

God does not give up on you.

And, we are called to not give up on others. Not because of who we are or what we can do but because of who HE IS and what HE CAN DO!

“And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)

People of the Second Chance (POTSC) is launching the NEVER BEYOND poster series: 25 posters representing well known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society. This campaign consists of digital and print posters and the full collection will eventually be displayed as a touring art exhibit.

The campaign draws out themes of forgiveness, grace and what a pathway to a second chance looks like.

I hope you will take time this week to follow this thought provoking and heart stirring journey.

18 thoughts on “What If God Had Given Up On You?

  1. Kandi

    Great post Eileen, admittedly I think I give up way to easy on people, thinking they are beyond reach, praise God that He never gives up on us, when we think we are beyond help and hope, we are not beyond His reach.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

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  2. Anonymous

    Thanks Eileen. This is a really good time for me to read this message as I'd considered doing just that…giving up…with a close family member. Hugs. Anne

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  3. Eileen

    Kandi, I agree. We often give up on people way too easily. I need to frequently remind myself of how many chances I've needed and STILL need. Then, it is easier to extend that grace to others.

    Anne, Glad it encouraged you. Sometimes the only thing and the best thing we can do for someone we love is to pray, pray, pray.

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  4. angeladowns

    I believe this is the best litmus test we can apply as Christians when deciding who we should or should not grant a second chance/forgive. All I have to do is remember the grace given me by God when I was at my worst to realize that nobody in this world is beyond deserving another chance. Thanks for this post, Eileen!

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  5. Lisa

    Oh Eileen, this post was more than a little convicting. What if God treated me the way I treat others – slow to offer forgiveness, holding bitterness? Wow! God hasn't given up on me, so why shouldn't I offer that same grace to those around me? Again, wow! Great post!!!

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  6. Jenifer

    This was wonderful encouragement! God has never given up on me, even when He could have, so I should never give up on others. No one is too far gone. No one is hopeless. Our hope is in Him!

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  7. Anonymous

    thanks Eileen for sharing this. Speaking only for myself, I know that if God had waited until I cried out for him, I would still be in the pit. When I was in my darkest sin, He extended Grace to me through strangers. Only then did I have the courage to reach out for Him. Lisa A.

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  8. Heidi

    It is hard not to give up on people, but remembering that He never gives up on me does make it easier to give others that second chance they deserve. I will have to check out that website! I hope you had a wonderfully blessed week off last week Eileen, we missed you!

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  9. Eileen

    Great thoughts, guys!
    Lisa A, I loved what you said "He extended grace to me through strangers" This is SO true. When I was still in a very deep pit, there was someone (I did not know very well) whose words stuck with me, "I believe in you." Those words were huge when I was tempted to give up on myself. Thanks!

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  10. Jen

    This so touches my heart. Not only thinking about God being all about second chances (or 3rd, 4th, 5th…) but it also inspires me to forgive.

    Will you link to SDG? I've been missing you!

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  11. Amy Nabors

    I've been thinking so much on grace lately and writing about it. Not quite ready to share it on the blog, but the verse where Jesus says "seventy times seven" is really working on me. Great post.

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  12. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Amen Eileen! I'm absolutely thankful that in all my brokenness, that God didn't give up on me… And won't!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  13. Carolyn Counterman

    Very thought-provoking. My life would be totally different if I had not heard the parable of the prodigal son. Jesus knew I (we) needed that. I'm so glad He hasn't given up on any of us.

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  14. Tiffini

    Here is another angle from my personal experience. I have given more chances after very destructive patterns, much remorse and promises only to have it happen all over again. A cycle. What I've finally had my eyes open to is God does not give up on this person even if I have to separate myself. I used to think forgiveness meant being abused..staying a hoping my example would bring a change. That God could use me but that example has led to much hurt for myself and the kids. Yes – I love this. Because God never has given up on me and I still by His grace offer my hand and give others a second chance. Deep stuff Eileen:)
    xo

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  15. Eileen

    Carolyn, that parable is a game changer! It's show just how forgiving He is of us!

    Tiffini, This statement you wrote resonates with me "What I've finally had my eyes open to is God does not give up on this person even if I have to separate myself." I couldn't agree more. Thank you for sharing this.

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  16. Emma

    Thanks Eileen.

    Yes – God's faithfulness reminds us not to give up on others – but also encourages us not to give up on ourselves. Even though my head says 'you're a terrible sinner, why bother?' because Jesus says I'm valuable, I can keep going in Him.The PTOSC link is fascinating too.

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