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I know the economy is supposed to be getting better, but it sure hasn't helped me find a job. Part of the problem is that I'm in my 50s now, and no one wants to hire people my age. Why won't God help me? I feel so useless.


The most important thing I can tell you is that you are not useless — not in God’s eyes. He cares about you and knows all about your situation, and He wants to help you. You can trust His promise: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

What steps should you take? First, thank God for His love for you — and respond to His love by committing your life to Jesus Christ. Right now, you may wonder if God even cares about you, but He does, and the proof is that He sent His Son into the world to purchase your salvation. When we give our lives to Christ, God welcomes us into His family and makes us His children forever. Why not make your decision for Christ today?

Then commit your future to God, and ask Him to lead you as you seek employment. Be open to whatever He has for you — even retraining for another job, if that’s possible. Don’t be a defeatist, but see your age and your experience as potential assets. Wise employers know that older workers often are the most dependable and responsible.

In the meantime, ask God to fill your days with useful activities. Can your church or other agencies in your community use you as a volunteer? Does your church have a Bible study for people your age? God has said, “I know the plans I have for you… plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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  1. Daniel Kelly says:

    I’ll be 58 y/o this year, out of work since 08/15. Job interview after interview, decline after decline has brought an unfamiliar sense of despair. I’m from a blue-collar working family. Since I was 15 y/o I worked 35 -40 hours a week. (pumping gas at the local station until I graduated H.S.) Work was never a problem, until now. When I depend on benefits and a paycheck more than ever to pay for medical, college and normal utility bills. I have become 2 months delinquent on my mortgage…. am I venting or asking for guidance? A little of both, I think. 1John 1:1-10

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Daniel,
      It isn’t wrong to be frustrated at your situation. But here’s where you have to be careful. The Bible warns us not to sin in our anger (Ephesians 4:26). Left unchecked, anger can become bitterness and eat at you from the inside out. It can drive a wedge between you and God.

      We don’t know why you find yourself unemployed right now, or why there seems to be no open doors. But as Christians, we’re sure you also know that God provides. Maybe not in ways we expect or want Him to, but He gives us what we need for the time being.

      You might also be familiar with the verse Psalm 119:105. It says, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” It doesn’t say that God’s Word is a headlight, but a lamp. It allows you to see in front of you a little at a time. God may give you a broader look into His plans for you, but often, all we see is what’s right in front of us. It helps us trust Him for the next step. Then, when we look back at our past, we can see ways that He has helped us through hard times and how He used certain situations to mold us, bless us and increase our faith.

      Please remember God hasn’t left you. Deuteronomy 31:6 that the Lord “will never leave you nor forsake you.” He understands your struggles. And He has a plan. He often places others in our lives at just the right time to help us.

      We encourage you today to focus on who God is. He is all-powerful, holy, our Creator, Sustainer and the One who saves us from our own sin. Ask Him to help you find a safe, warm place to stay. Ask Him to surround you with people who can encourage you and get you back on your feet. Ask Him to take away any bitterness or unjust anger you might be feeling. Ask Him to help you keep a positive outlook. It’s also helpful to read the Bible regularly. The Bible is filled with His words for us and is always relevant. You might start with the Psalms to lift your spirits.

      We are praying for you right now.

    2. Danny says:

      BGEA – Thanks for the support. Being raised in a loving Christian home in a family very active within our church, I’ve much to be grateful for. Unemployment going on 10 months hasn’t turned me bitter or angry. It has, however, opened my eyes to blatant discrimination. I know God has my future planned for me. I appreciate your response from 05/26. This Memorial Day Holiday, I’ve already been to my mothers and fathers final earthly resting place. I cleaned, planted fresh flowers, replaced last years American flag with a bright new one. Per usual, I wept while I prayed. I had dad’s Bible with me along with my own daily devotional. Thanks for your response. Dan

  2. Juan Aguayo-Leal says:

    Thank you for such beautiful and inspiring words. I will trust in God!

  3. Gemmel says:

    Being out of work at 48 is do different to being out of work at 58. At 48 a job was found in a very small window. The Bible says the fields are white but the workers are few. My feeling is the workers are many but the focus is subdued. We suddenly have many over 50’s out of work, let no Christian agency say the workers are few. God has released the workers, so to those people who are leading incredibly busy lives trying to do it all yourself, ease up, spare a thought, lets work together instead of in disunity. For each busy worker delegate it to 12 more. The thought of giving the job to a busy person, I have been one of those busy people now find myself a busy person looking for a job this is tough.

    1. Lisa says:

      I understand how you feel. Its tough finding a job out there. Many people dont understand that. Jobs are scarce. They seem to think we have not looked hard enough. I spend every afternoon applying online for him. No less than 4 hours a day. But I have hope that God will bless us!