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What Does the Bible Say About Being Unemployed?

You may have experienced or know someone else who has gone through such difficult times. When
some people lose a job, they find another job quickly. But for many, the dry spell between good jobs is
long. Even when we pray for God's help, months and sometimes years can go by between jobs. Why
does God allow that if He wants us to work?
As you study the Bible, you find that part of God's work is making better people out of us! God knows
that trials can build good character in us. When we're unemployed, God can use that time to help us
grow. So let's look at some relevant scriptures to show what we should be doing when we find
ourselves unemployed.
Where is the first place you should go for help when you become unemployed?
Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,
and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help
in time of need.
When we find ourselves facing trials, the firstplace we should go for help is God. King David, a man
after God's own heart, learned to look to God and depend on Him more than men. And the book of
Hebrews encourages us to come boldly to God, even though we can feel beaten down by trials like
Why should you turn to God for help?
1 Peter 5:7
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have
life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
God is concerned about all of us. He wants each of us to have an abundant life and enjoy our work.
Since God cares for us, we should turn to Him to help us in our time of need.
What attitude should you have while you're unemployed?
James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith
produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete,
lacking nothing.
Romans 5:3-4
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Although it is totally against our human nature, we should be thankful for the opportunity to build
character during this trial. If you approach this time with a positive attitude, you will grow and become
a better person.

How did the patriarch Job react after he lost everything?

Job 1:21
And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave,
and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Job understood that God is in charge. He knew that all we have ultimately comes from God. Through
his trial God made Job a better person, and afterwards blessed Job with twice as much as he had
before (Job 42:10, 12)!
What does God expect you to be doing while you're unemployed?
Proverbs 13:4
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
Proverbs 22:29
Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before
unknown men.
Proverbs 15:22
Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
While we're out of work, God expects us to make a full-time job of finding a job. Study and seek
advice about current job trends, ways to upgrade your skills and the best job search techniques. We
need to be looking on the Internet and at classified ads, personally visiting company managers and
networking with our friends and associates. Diligence gives you a huge advantage over those who are
waiting for someone to come to them with a job.
What must you be doing to receive God's blessings?
Isaiah 59:1-2
Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you,
so that He will not hear.
1 John 3:22
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things
that are pleasing in His sight.
We must turn from sin and keep God's commandments to be blessed by Him. We can't expect God to
bless us if we don't do what He says to do.
How will God help you find work?
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Much has been said and written about the power of networking to find jobs. God is the ultimate
networker. He is more than capable of providing opportunities and opening doors for us. We must do
our part and search diligently for work, yet we can trust in God to show us the way. Ask Him to
provide the right opportunity.
How will God help you pay your bills while you're unemployed?

Psalm 23:1-6
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me
beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's
sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with
me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 37:18-19
The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be
ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not
allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of
escape, that you may be able to bear it.
While we work diligently to find a job and wait patiently on God to provide us permanent work, He is
faithful to provide our daily needs. Whether there is famine of food or famine of work, God will
provide. Even when it seems impossible to get by, God promises to miraculously intervene for those
who obey Him. There was a widow who only had enough flour and oil for one more meal, yet God
miraculously made that food last for many daysmaybe a year or more (1 Kings 17:12-16).
What was King David's observation of those who live God's way and trust in Him?
Psalm 37:3-7, 25
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in
the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your
righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass...
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants
begging bread.
From a young child, King David knew God. And as an old man, he looked back and saw that those who
did their best to obey God were always taken care of. Just like us, David went through hard times, but
God never forsook him and was always there to take care of him. King David learned to trust in God.
And if we trust and obey God, He promises to provide food and all our daily needsin good times and
bad (Matthew 6:25-33).


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