God's Promises For The Unemployed

When bad things happen to good people, God can preserve the good in them while He walks them through the bad circumstances. The key is to interact with Him while He is walking you through. Don’t let anger and worry overwhelm you and cause you to ignore Him.

Unemployment Development Department office in California (2007).  Photo by Michael Raphael
Unemployment Development Department office in California (2007). Photo by Michael Raphael | Source

Bear in mind that what you lost is the opportunity to be rewarded with money for your service. You still have your self-worth, and your competence; and you can still serve while you wait for a paying assignment. Hang on to your sense of purpose and focus on God as the ultimate authority on the best next step for your life.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in May 2015 was 5.5%, down from 6.3% in May 2014. God accommodates questions from each one of the unemployed, and each one who listens will receive His personal response which includes expressions of His love. The following conversation is an example.

How can I not worry when I'm unemployed?

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

How long will I suffer while waiting on Your plans?

Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put [you] to shame, because [My] love has been poured out into your heart. Romans 5: 3, 4

"Potter's Wheel" by Oriel
"Potter's Wheel" by Oriel | Source

I agree, but some who still have jobs are not as . . .

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? . . . Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? God is educating you . . . This . . . isn't punishment; it's training, the normal experience of children . . . We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God's training so we can truly live? Romans 9: 20, 21; Hebrews 12: 7-9 MSG

While I’m in this training, will I earn an income?

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced . . . wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Deuteronomy 8: 17; Matthew 6: 25, 33

Little is much when God is in it.

Breakfast-bread, margarine and honey.  Photo by Kai Hendry
Breakfast-bread, margarine and honey. Photo by Kai Hendry | Source

Are you saying that I need You more than I need money?

I know the plans I have for you. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Jeremiah 29: 11; Proverbs 3: 5; Psalm 32:8

Well, will you please show me where we’re going?

What is that in your hand? Whatever [work] your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Each according to his ability. I myself will go with you and give you success. Exodus 4:2; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Matthew 25:15; Exodus 33:14 TLB

Start working without pay?

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Give, and it will be given to you . . . For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 1 Peter 4:10; Proverbs 11:25; Luke 6:38

Your heavenly Father feeds the birds. Are you not more valuable?

"The Cock Sparrow" by George Edwards
"The Cock Sparrow" by George Edwards | Source

Meanwhile can I trust You to look after my interest?

I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Jeremiah 32:27; Philippians 4:6,7

That takes care of stress, not the financial responsibilities.

Do not fear . . . I will help you. The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry. God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you? And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. Isaiah 41:10; 1 Kings 7:14; Matthew 6:30; 2 Corinthians 9: 7, 8; Isaiah 55:8;

So, I'll just have to trust You.

I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you, and you can give me glory. Know and rely on the love of God. Psalm 50:15. TLB; 1 John 4:16

What Is Your Prognosis?

According to the Economic Times (May, 2012), in a report from the International Labor Organisation, almost 75 million youth around the world will be unemployed throughout 2012; and it will be 2016 before the unemployment rate lowers. That is their report.

My report is: I have never seen the godly abandoned, or their children begging for bread . . . For the Lord loves justice and He will never abandon the godly. You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 MSG; Psalm 37: 25, 28 NLT)

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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Thank you for this beautiful hub MsDora. You know as well as I the tough economy that Michigan is facing. Although I am employed, my husband is not and it is challenging. In addition to that, I had to take a pay cut last year and will most likely face another in the spring of next year. I struggle with the likelihood that our school district will not be around in about 3 years due to the financial crisis that we are in and the additional constraints that the governor has put in place for schools here.

It is a daily struggle to keep in mind and remember that God has a plan and to trust while pursuing some other options in the event of a job loss for me. It is scary but imperative to believe. I will be bookmarking this for future reminders!

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

So glad you found this helpful, cardelean. I quite understand the struggles of fellow Michiganians and pray for the best on all our behalf. Hope things improve for you, your family and your school district.

P. Smart 5 years ago

Totally inspiring and a timely reminder that success and fulfilment are the domain of the Lord. A pop star died a couple of days ago at age 27. She wasn't unemployed and had a lot more money than all of your readers combined. But she forgot who brings success and today she's no more.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks for sharing your perspective, P. Smart. Where there's life, there's hope.

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Stolive 5 years ago from Botswana

Great, motivating, inspiring and spirit-lifting hub. We do need such words in times like this when everything seem to be gloomy - words we can stand on as they've got the power to take us through.

Thank you so much MsDora; may God help us remember this.

Stay blessed!

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ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

You obviously have a great deal of faith. Keep on hubbing/sharing.

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks to you both, Stolive and ruffridyer. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by ervy word . . ."

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Yeshuan 5 years ago from North Carolina

This is truly encouraging. Your scriptures references are spot-on. Awesome, writing!

MsDora 5 years ago

Yeshuan, I appreciate your comment. Happy when someone takes the time to read the scriptures. Thanks!

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ladyt11 5 years ago

This is so encouraging, thank you! I have an autistic daughter and it is hard for me to work outside the home. She also suffers with a chronic nerve condition that is very painful and hard to monitor because you don't know when the pain is going to hit. This article really hit home for me because God has kept me afloat, even in the times when I am not working I still see his provision. I'm going to reference this hub a lot! Thank you MsDora

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sorry about your daughter, ladyt11. May God give you and your daughter some relief, or the comfort and the courage to endure. Keep trusting Him because He promised to supply our needs according to His riches. Thanks for your comment, and be blessed!

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Zabbella 5 years ago from NJ-USA

Thank you , Ms Dora...it turns out that I am unemployed right now...(Sept 2011) I have been busy writing and spreading the word, the best way I know. Your hub has very interesting points for me to consider. God Bless!

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Zabbella 5 years ago from NJ-USA

Thank you, Ms. Dora, This inspiring hub came at a time when I needed it most.

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redhera 5 years ago from philippines

This is a nice hub MsDora.This hub uplift my spirit. And your words are very inspirational and encouraging.Thank you for this hub. God bless you always MsDora! Keep writing ! always keep the faith!

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, redhera. God's Word always inspire especially when we need it. Thanks for your comment.

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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

This is a great hub, MsDora, and right on. We've lost a huge part of our income due to my husband's time of unemployment and a big cut in my pay. But God has provided all the way. I've looked at it as a test of my faith. Do I really trust Him the way I say I do?

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

You're right Sinea Pies. Unemployment like so many other adverse situations make us come to grips with the reality of our faith. Thanks for your testimony that God has always provided. That's encouraging to me.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Wow, this is so, so encouraging. I lost my teaching job and I've been trying to make it at home ever since. It's hard to keep going sometimes! This is really encouraging and I will bookmark this for further meditation. Thank you.

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

My experience is like yours, prairieprincess, that it is hard to keep going sometimes; but always those hard times are a call for us to keep the faith. I'll remember you in my prayer. You also encourage me. Thanks!

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Love your clear and concise writing. Bless you MsDora.

My son is unemployed with a new baby. When I asked he and his wife what they wanted for Christmas they replied,"We don't really need anything. Losing a job and having a baby makes you realize you don't need so much". I nearly collapsed on the floor. What an answer to prayer. Hallelujah!

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you reading, tirelesstraveler, but thanks especially for sharing your son's response. His faith is way above ordinary. Praying that he experiences the Lord's reward of his trust in Him. Blessings to you all!

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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Very inspiring! Great hub. I became unemployed in August of 2011 (two months before the wedding we had been planning). Everything worked out great and God has always provided for my husband and I. I have to giggle and smile at "Start working without pay?" because I started here on hubpages to keep myself from going stir-crazy at home all day and it felt like working for free in the beginning ;)

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Heather, glad you found something to smile about. I rejoice with you that your wedding turned out fine. Now, You are compelled to give God the glory. All the best on HubPages!

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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

" I myself will go with you and give you success." - Nothing could make me more motivated to work than knowing that He is by my side and will help me reach my goals. Very motivating hub! Thank you for sharing the words of God. I do not have time to look up the Bible for inspirational quotes, words to lift my spirits and just help me go through a tough day. So I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to anticipate people's questions and answer them by quoting the Bible. I have faith and it just became stronger today by reading your helpful hub. Voting your hub up, useful, beautiful and awesome!

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

You made my day, kerlynb. I received as much inspiration from you as you did from these verses of scripture. Thanks for commenting. You're a blessing.

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Came back for more encouragement. Love the picture of the mom with her kids that say, "Maximize your time". Spending time with children and teaching them values is way more important than anyone gives credit for. Blessings

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Glad you like it, tireless. You encourage me by telling me that I encourage you. Blessings to you, too.

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Ricksterg 4 years ago from Lexington, S.C.

Great hub, I have been unemployed for 2 years and God has not let me down. I still own my house and I am not hungry. Thank you for the encouragement.

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Nikki Major 4 years ago

Dog on it!!! somebody else gets it. Hallelejuah!!!"

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ricksterg, it is great that you credit God for the blessings of food and shelter during your employment. He's faithful! Keep trusting Him till the light breaks through.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Nikki, so glad we both got it! I love your excitement.

Mahmood Khokhar 4 years ago

Dear Sir,

My Name is Mahmood Khokhar.

I am born Christian.

I am so desperate and dejected that I don't have any hope.

I just wrote on the Google Search , ( Jesus help me I don't know what should I do ).

And first address your occur in the result.

I have gone thru your first page.

And I confess I am sinner, I want to be saved , I want to re born.


From Many years I don't have any proper regular source of income, that's why I cannot take care of my responsibility.

Now from many month I don't have any money , we are family of 7 members, we did not had proper meal from many months.

Besides Food, all other expenses are not paid, like School Fee of my 5 Children, House rent ETC.

Please pray for me , that Jesus forgive my Sins and provide me regular source of income.

I am Jobless , I need a Job, I money less , I need Money, I Need source to survive and look after my family

I Pray to you and Almighty Jesus Christ!


Mahmood Khokhar

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Mahmood, I'm happy that these verses were readily available to you. I'm praying right now that You will be aware of God's presence, accept His peace and listen to what He says you should do. Trust Him to guide you to the solution.

blessed 2013 4 years ago

I started reading the site to complain and be bitter. After reading the posting of others I became grateful. God has allowed me to keep my home and vehicle. I also haven't went to bed hungry. I lost my teaching job in 2009. My uuemploymemt depleted. I am now teaching at a private school for $10.00 hr, no supplies furnished, no smart board, internet in classroom, staff support, or health benefits. My faith is being tested, trying to hold on.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Blessed 2013, your name says it all. Thanks for sharing your experience. After the test comes the testimony. Praying that you grow stronger and deeper in faith. Because you find the good in your situation, the good will get better. God bless you!

CC 3 years ago

Dear Ms. Dora,

I thank you for your post. I feel so bad because I've worked towards two graduate degrees, have a lot of student debt and no job prospects. My last paycheck is in two months and I don't want to be homeless. I'm trying to hold on. Please pray for me.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

CC you have some time to develop the right thoughts and attitude toward your situation. Be honest with God about what you want and start thinking about receiving it. Please do not spend energy thinking about what you do not want. Glad you believe in prayer, and I will certainly add mine.

Favour 3 years ago

Thanks Ms Dora for this inspiring hub. I lost my job some months back and i am believing God for another better one to support my husband who has been working tirelessly to take care of the home. Sometimes i feel bad that i cant help him with some needs. Please pray for me that i get a better job soon.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Favour, count on my prayers. Meanwhile, be thankful for whatever blessings you see around you. Thank God for your husband's job, for example. When you begin to see "good" and be grateful, the "good" becomes "better."

Emma LEE 3 years ago

I have been without a job since 2011 and all i have tried to do was to start a business so I don't fall into the unemployment market ever again. it has been really challenging in business. I had to relocate my family to a better environment while i try to continue in the struggle. This distance is affecting me more than unemployment itself. I however decided to abandon business, seek an MBA so I can be closer to family and also improve the possibility of getting a better job. I needed a word from God and didn't know where to start from in the bible. But thanks to google........You are a blessing!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Emma, God bless you! Be encouraged and keep focusing on God's ability to supply your needs. He has done in the past, and He will continue. Start praising Him!

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Rayne123 3 years ago

Beautiful hub and great reminder of how Our Creator blesses abundantly.

Great time to see this.

Thank you



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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Laurie, happy that you find these verses appropriate. Blessings to you too!

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Napoleon Smith 2 years ago

Nice piece; but where's the verse for when the food stamp card has maxed out? Or for when your friends blame unemployment on you? Or when you're rejected out of hand because of your age? I realize that the Bible is meant to be your "big picture" relationship with the Lord, but after two years of humiliation, of the education in three college degrees rotting away, of rejection become just another part of the morning routine, of the state legislature denying you access to basic health care, of the return of social Darwinism as mainstream thought with the tenet that the rich are the blessed...it gets kind of tough.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Napoleon, I can relate to the pressure of unemployment. I consider myself retired now only because age is a factor for me, too; so I gave up trying to find a job.

My scripture anchor is Jeremiah 17: 7 and 8. I discussed it in my article—“Tough Times: Those Who Survive and Those Who Surrender.” Hope you read and find a new perspective.

Meanwhile, try doing something different. For example:

(1) It is possible for you to succeed in an area different from the area of your college training.

(2) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Somebody has to give, to receive the blessing of giving.

(3) If you know a more suitable verse than the one I suggest, ask God to affirm it in your life. You must have promise to ride on through the tough times.

(4) You haven’t asked me, but I’ll be praying for you and also asking others to pray too.

Please do not be discouraged. Focus on God’s ability to meet your needs, rather than on the lack created by unemployment. Your appreciation for what God has already done, will help sustain you till He does what He plans to do.

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Napoleon Smith 2 years ago

Thank you for your response -- especially since I didn't expect any.

I went to the verses and the links and read through tose. One thing I noticed in the quotes piece is that those with attribution all come from people who had lots of money or were aristocrats of their time. That seems to ratify the part of Jeremiah discussing the trusting of men, if I might elaborate:

I live in a place and culture where the only worshipped entity seems to be Saint Warren de Buffet; the legislatrure boasts of having just denied tens of thousands any access to health care, while boasting of their "Christian values," and the idiot news media lets them get away with it; people I've helped at points through the years get hired into the university system at six figures, and I'm forced to live on the streets (last year); my God-given talent goes fallow; all else I try doesn't work out; I've lost even my books and papers because no one was willing to store what they call "junk"; and everyone seems to delight that with my mind rotted and my spirit beaten down I'm finally "more normal," defined as just like them, in their deliberately unexamine d life and their hatred of the least shred of intellcuality and their adoration of idiot television. . I can't live here and like this anymore, and every attempt to get out fails. A priest friend says this mode of looking at things is Satanic but it looks to me more like simple reality. It looks like God rewards the feckless and has turned His back on me, and one can't beat God, can one? So my counsel would be ti skip the effort at prayer. After 27 months of this, it is hopeless, for society has made me into the shrub in the desert; I didn't go there of my own volition. So maybe the merdicful thing would now be to quickly accelerate the rotting away to its terminal point rather than spend 20 more years like this.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Napoleon, how can I reach you outside the HubPages forum? Do you have an email address I can use to contact you? Please respond. Thank you.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Napoleon, you only feel like shrub in the desert; you are not. To get help overcoming that feeling, please call 800-969 6642 and relate your problem;

or email your case at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/contact-us.

They can help you to start thinking clearly again.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Napoleon's email address has been removed. He is still unemployed but moving forward.

His comments remind us of the valid frustrations of the unemployed. As of February 2014, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an unemployment rate of 6.7%. There are many who have been suffering for years.

Sometimes a human word of encouragement will help to put God's promises in perspective. Let's do what we can to help each other.

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