BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES TO REMEMBER

                                                          WHEN

                                    UNEMPLOYED & LOOKING FOR A JOB

 

1. God is good and merciful to His people everyday.

    Psalm 86:5–“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”

2. God takes care of His people’s needs every day.

    Psalm 37:25–“I have been young and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken  or his children begging for bread.”

3. God is in control every day, not people.  

    Psalm 118:8-9–“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princess”.

Proverbs 21:1–“The king’s heart is like a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.”

4. God is not limited by my age, qualifications, traditions, economics conditions, etc.

    Psalm 92:13-1–“They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.”

1st Samuel 2:7-8–“The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He exalts. He  raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needs from the ask heap to     make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set his world.”

5. God blesses prayerful obedience in diligent job search.   

Psalm 90:17–“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands  upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Matthew 7:7-8—-“Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

6. God has His plan and His time and I need to patiently trust Him.

    Genesis 45:7-8–“And God sent me before you  to preserve for you a remnant of the earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. S it was not you who sent me        here, but God. He has made me a  father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”

     Psalm 27:14–“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your hearts take courage; wait for the Lord !”

7. The believer needs to act in a way that is consistent with beliefs in the above principles.

a. When fearful of my own adequacy, remembers David’s whole-hearted trust in the Lord in spite of his lack of weapons and the overwhelming strength of Goliath.”  (2nd Samuel 17:31-34)

     b. When tempted to compromise my beliefs remember Daniel and his steadfastness in honoring  the Lord in spirit of the ultimate pressure to bow to the king. (Daniel 6)

     c. When Intimidated in interviews remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s poise and confidence in the LORD–they did not flatter or fear the King but trusted the Lord. (Daniel 3)

     d. When encouraged by good interviews, referrals, etc. remember Joseph and his misplaced hope  in the baker to help; get out of prison–put your hope in God not in people.(Genesis 40:14)

     e. When discouraged with setbacks, shattered dreams, apparent failures and rejections, remember Joseph’s whole life and His perseverance as time went by in prison. (Genesis 38-50)

     f. When overwhelmed with responsibility and money running out, remember Habbakuk and his trusting response to the frightening possibilities in front of him. (Habbakuk 3:17-19)

     g. When tired and sad and unable (unwilling) to do the next thing, remember Nehemiah’s  sadness but then casting his cares on the Lord and asking the King for help. (Nehemiah 1).