This week we’re looking at how to make the most of job insecurities – looking for a job, being worried about losing a job, or sticking with a miserable job for fear of leaving. Yesterday we learned that God’s role is that he’s the provider. Today, we look at what we should be doing.
As we discussed on Monday, trials exist to help us learn to trust in God. But trust is a choice. Every time anxieties creep into our gut, we have to choose whether or not we’ll give those anxieties over to God or whether we’ll let them eat away at our spirits. When don’t choose to trust God, it undermines the basis of our faith because when we became Christians, the only role that God required of us was to trust. Look at Romans 3:20-22 when Paul describes the process of experiencing a redeemed relationship with God:
For no one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what his law commands. For the more we know God’s law, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying it. But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight – not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.”
Trusting in the Lord is crucial in becoming a Christian, and we musn’t let job problems undermine our trust in his word. We need to trust him enough to come to him with what we need. When we ask God for what we need and trust in him, he offers us something that most job-seekers hardly ever find – peace. Read Phillipians 4:4-9:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Once we ask God for what we need, we also need to be open to his plans as they take precedence over ours. James, who led the first Christian church in Jerusalem told his followers in the book of James,
Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.”
Over time, God will present us with opportunties for working, but they may be on his terms not ours. I have heard the pastor at my church say many times that we follow Jesus not so that we can get where we’re going, but so that we can get where he’s going. So true. As these opportunites arise, we should earnestly seek his direction through prayer and he will set our paths straight. Check out Proverbs 3:5-6:.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”
Friends, there are lots of people seeking jobs out there, but we musn’t forget to seek the path that he has for us, and then we must choose to trust that he’ll provide it.
Tomorrow and Friday we’ll be looking at how to create lemonade out of lemons – how periods of job insecurity can become the best times of your life (I should know – it happened to me!)
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