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 listen to Him (in prayers, sermons, other godly counsel) and trust 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.
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. Find promises of care and deliverance for those seeking employment.
How Can I Not Worry?
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?
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)
Why Do I Suffer And Others Don't?
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)
Do You Meet Needs While You Discipline?
Remember . . . it is he [God] 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)
God Feeds the Birds. He Will Feed You.
So Do 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
What Do I Do Meanwhile?
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
Shouldn't I Be Paid When I Serve Others?
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
Are You Really Looking 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
How Can I Not Stress When Nothing's Left?
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.
Encouragement for the Unemployed
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?
My report , despite the prediction of economists and so-called financial wizards 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