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By   •   November 18, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

I've been unemployed for over a year, and I've given up even looking for a job. My life seems so hopeless. All I do is sit around the house and watch television while my wife nags me to get a job. How can I get out of this pit?


A:

My heart goes out to you and to all those who have lost their jobs recently. Unemployment often not only affects people economically, but also emotionally and spiritually. The Bible says, “A man can do nothing better than to … find satisfaction in his work” (Ecclesiastes 2:24).

The most important thing I can tell you is that God knows your situation and He cares for you and has a plan for your future. Our lives are never hopeless when we put them in God’s hands! This is why the most important step you can take right now is to open your heart to Christ and ask Him to help you. By a simple prayer of faith put your life into His hands and ask Him to guide you. The Bible says, “As for God, his way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30).

Then ask Him to give you the desire to do whatever you need to do to find another job. It’s been said that our first step is often our hardest—and it’s true. But if you know Christ, you do not take it alone. Trust Him to guide you to the job He has already prepared for you. If you need retraining, ask Him to open that door also.

In the meantime, take your free time as a gift from God and ask Him to help you use it wisely. Do projects around the house, for example, or volunteer to help others in your community or church.

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12 Comments

  1. Antia says:

    My husband has been unemployed for more than a year without unemployment insurance. We survive on occasional odd jobs, but many times we don’t know where our next meal is coming from. We have been living in an old RV with no heat, AC, or running water while our son has been staying at my mother’s house. We just want a steady income and a place where all 3 of us can live under the same roof. Is that too much to ask for?

  2. Stormi says:

    I’ve been in the same situation for the last 14 months. I’m about to lose my house and everything. Most of my family and friends have kicked me out of their lives including my own mom. So I can truly relate.

  3. Kay says:

    I have been unemployed for 2 1/2 years, was laid off in December 2013. I have worked several temp jobs, but none of them lasted long enough for me to do much with what I was making.I have over 40 years of office/secretary experience, but I think because of my age, I am not being hired when I apply for full time long lasting positions. I am 57, was 55 when I was laid off. I trust that God has a plan for my life, and I know I can do all things through Christ which gives me strength. I have found myself reading and studying God’s word even more since being laid off. There are some dark days, but each day that God allows me to see another day, the Sun (Son) does shine. God is faithful and I am working my faith believing that God will.

    1. Miranda says:

      Thank you. I am having trouble seeking God during times of unemployment. If God really loves me, why won’t He answer my prayer to obtaining employment? How can I as a Christian be a light unto this world if I am unemployed? All this does is leave me depressed, not wanting to see anyone, go anywhere because I have no money. If there is someone who is a Christian and unemployed, yet still glowing with light, show me one. Please.

  4. Nokwanda says:

    Thank you so very much I really needed to hear positive and encouraging words.God bless you

  5. Dan Emma says:

    God bless you.

  6. Oliver says:

    I’ve been unemployed for over 5 years now. I’ve lost any hope of finding a new job. As a well known bible teacher once said, we must not confuse faith with wishful thinking.

  7. sharad walhekar says:

    Thank you so much for your kind help…God Bless You…

  8. Napoleon Smith says:

    Three college degrees and two yeras unemplopyment = lost everything but a food stamp card. More interested in making contribution than money. Did evrything right. Living has become pointless. And I watch as, to those obessed with money, all good things come. Hard to believe in anything anymore.

  9. Gloria Carter says:

    I used to get any job I interviewed for, but I am older and cannot find a job. I have done all of the things that well-fed, secure people say to do when looking for a job, but it does no good. Why does God let me live if He has no plan for me to have a way to live?

    1. Justin Hill says:

      Gloria I understand, I recently lost my fiance, my job, and my savings… and to some extent lost my mind a little. I think Job had it right though when he said “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the Lord.” I know for me this has been a trying time and I proved to fail a lot of the tests before me… not trusting the Lord to be good, not remaining faithful in Bible reading or prayer, not forgiving as I’ve been forgiven, etc. It revealed a lot of things in my heart that need to be removed and even started the process… I don’t know what the Lord is doing in your life… in Job’s life he was proving a point to Satan with his sufferings, in Jesus’s life he was saving the whole world with his sufferings… I know it’s painful and difficult but the Lord is good and faithful… Grace and peace to you and I hope you find work soon!

    2. Steve says:

      Gloria,
      I understand your position and am in the same situation. I hope that it will improve for you.
      Do not give up hope and try everyday.
      Bless you !

      Steve