By Billy Graham • October 14, 2011
The Bible urges us to pray for all who are in places of authority — and more than ever we should heed that command (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2). Our world faces uncertain days, and our leaders (in business as well as government) need wisdom and courage to make right decisions.
One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that God is with us not only when life is going well, but also when it isn’t. I often think of Job in the Old Testament. God had blessed him with health, prosperity, and a loving family — but almost overnight it all was taken away. People urged him to turn against God — but he refused, because he knew God had not abandoned him, in spite of his confusion over what had happened. He told them, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10). In time God restored what he had lost.
I wish I could tell you everything will suddenly change for you, and I pray it will. But even if it doesn’t, my prayer is that during these days you will draw closer to God instead of drifting from Him. Use the extra time God has given you to become more involved in your church, to pray, to study your Bible, and to volunteer for programs that help others. God’s promise is for you: “I am with you and will watch over you” (Genesis 28:15).
In addition, don’t give up, but keep looking for a job. Consider too other opportunities that might be available in your area, such as training for a different career.