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.
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
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.
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?
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
Dear God, 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)
© 2011 Dora Weithers