Dealing With Job Loss

QUESTION: As a Christian who is dealing with job loss, how can I stay focused on God?

ANSWER:

Dealing with job loss can be devastating to a family unit unless we keep our focus on God. We often place our worth and value in what we do for a living. When this job is lost, it is hard to see any worth or value to our lives. The impact is huge on all members of the family. Communication among family members is essential and will alleviate much of the fear and concern over what may happen next.

The impact can fluctuate from individual to individual. However, one common denominator among all people is their need for God and the comfort He can provide. Rather than having faith in the national economy, have faith in God, and His provision.

Jehovah Jira is an ancient phrase, which in our everyday language means, "the Lord will provide." You may not know where your next job will be, from where your next paycheck will come, or what will be your next meal. Nevertheless, before you were born, God had a plan for your life and knew every detail, including the source of your next paycheck.

It is necessary to put God first in your life, even before your finances. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).

How do we keep a good perspective while dealing with job loss?
  • Help the needy - Often we get caught up in our own trials and we forget the misfortunes of others. One way to lighten the blow of job loss is to focus on the less fortunate.

  • Spend time in prayer and Bible study - This is a great approach to staying true to your Christian values in times of need. Relying on the Holy Spirit to provide for you can renew your soul, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day" (2 Corinthians 4:16). Listen for God's direction. He will direct your steps.

  • Give to others - It often seems ludicrous to give when you are in need, but God blesses a sacrificial giver. "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:38)

  • Spend time with your family - Renewing relationship will give you a sense of connection and peace.

  • Attend church regularly - Fellowshipping with other believers keeps us optimistic. You might just make a contact too!

  • Be proactive in searching for another job.

  • Take joy and rejoice in the Lord.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? - We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

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