Everyday I talk to people who are struggling to find work. The pressures of our crippled economy have had a devastating impact not only on our finances, but on the overall confidence of millions of people. Maybe you are among the multitudes who are struggling to make ends meet right now, and you find yourself feeling hopeless and even angry. You ask questions like “Where are you God?” and you seem to hear no reply.
I don’t pretend to have a simple, magic answer to instantly eliminate your doubts and give you peace and prosperity, but there are a few things I want to share with you that I believe are personal messages to you from God. My prayer is that you find some hope in knowing that these words are true and they apply directly to your situation.
1. You are not defined by what you do. We tend to have an identity crisis when our means of making a living is taken from us, but God promises that our limitless value is found in Him, not in our vocation. You are valued because you are loved, not because you are employed.
2. God is with you. You might not feel Him, but He promises that He will “never leave you or forsake you” and He keeps His promises! I know you feel alone right now, but don’t trust your feelings; trust your God. He hasn’t abandoned you. He will carry you through this.
3. This Time you’ve been given is a Gift, not a Curse. God is growing you right now. He’s stretching you which isn’t a comfortable process, but it is strengthening your character. He may also be giving you time that you’ve not had in the past and that time is a gift. Use it invest in relationships, spend more time in God’s Word, more time talking with your family, encouraging your friends and exploring the opportunities God will bring your way.
4. God has great things in store for you. You might believe that your best days are behind you, but they are not! God promises that He has great blessings in store for you. Those blessings aren’t limited to jobs and finances; they include rich relationships, increased faith, and the joy that comes from knowing and trusting God.
“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 a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11