Unemployment Is Tough!

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  (Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV)

Unemployment in the United States remains at an extremely high level. If you are one of the many unfortunate people who have lost your job in this recent recession, you are not alone. I know what you are feeling. I’ve been there. Unemployment is never easy. In fact, for a Christian, it often becomes more than just a monetary crisis. It may also trigger a spiritual crisis. The longer your unemployment lasts, or the more rejections you receive, or the tighter your finances become, the more difficult your struggle becomes.

You may ask, “Where is God when I need Him the most? Doesn’t He care about me? If He loves me so much, why would He ever allow me to be in this situation?”

The feelings we have, and the questions we may ask, are perfectly normal. With this in mind, we need to recognize several possible dangers that we could encounter:

  1. Losing your job will most likely attack your confidence and your self-esteem.
  2. Not having a place to go to work every day may isolate you and make you feel alone.
  3. Losing your job may be embarrassing, triggering bad behaviors, and possibly causing you to lash out at those around you – most often, the people you love the most.
  4. Unemployment may present practical challenges, such as not having enough money to pay your bills or buy groceries.
  5. Losing your job may cause you to doubt God’s involvement or interest in your daily life – in extreme instances, it may even cause you to doubt His very existence.

Where should you turn, then, to face the emotional and spiritual trials of unemployment? First, you need to start planning immediately. To fight the isolation, you need to contact several good friends who care deeply about you. Ask them to pray with you and for you. These are your “prayer warriors”, the people who will always reinforce your values and continue to build your confidence and self-esteem. Spend extra time in prayer and in Bible study to help calm your soul and to maintain a strong relationship with Christ. Keep in mind you just might be out of work because God wants to get your attention.

We are not immune from falling or failing, but we do have a resource in our Heavenly Father. He promises never to leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Failing to call upon Him denies our access to His comforting presence when we need Him the most!

Don’t give up. Stay focused. You may not have a place of employment, but you are still “Working for Christ”!

And He still loves you!

“Working for Christ”

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One Comment on “Unemployment Is Tough!”

  1. stenila Says:

    Nice post today, Dave! A matter that almost everyone can relate to!
    God bless you! 🙂


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