No religious beliefs
No, I don't think God wants anyone to give up.
That reminds me of a story a man once told me about his car radio. I saved the story as he told it to me in a Word document but I cannot find it right now. As I recall he was a nonbeliever and he was going through a very difficult ordeal and he was at the end of his rope and he had almost given up hope. He had driven his car to a remote location and he cried out to God for help, and his car radio came on and God spoke to him through the radio. That never happened to him again after that day. After that he became a believer and he was the most humble and faithful believer I ever met. I used to post that story to atheists on another forum.
Um, I thought God doesn't talk directly to people in words.
I have also heard from Christians on the Christian radio station I used to listen to that God wants us to be desperate before He will answer, and that has been my own experience. I do not plan to get desperate, I just become desperate. Then when I am completely at the end of my rope I cry out to God for help, and I get the answer, usually the next day. In the interim period I figure God must think I am handling things okay on my own although it doesn't always feel like it.
The following is a true story. It happened to me.
When I first started work as computer programmer, we had a problem with a job that ran monthly and produced a huge report for a particular department. Suddenly, it stopped working. We tried to discover what had happened for several days, with the department (understandably) getting more and more frantic as it couldn't do its work. I got so I had trouble sleeping. One night I woke up (I thought) with the answer in my mind. I fell into a dreamless sleep and woke the next morning, refreshed, and ready to share my solution with my colleague. I thought about the "answer" and realized that it was not an answer at all. My mind had simply cooked it up so I could get some rest.
The mind is a strange and wondrous thing.
What? Oh yes, we solved it in the end.