Dealing with Job Loss
"It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23 AMP
Thoughts for Today
Life is filled with many kinds of losses. All losses hurt, whether they are big ones or little ones. We recover quickly from some losses; others take months or years to absorb. Some losses are temporary while others are permanent.
In today's environment of business closings and downsizing, many are facing the loss of their job. This kind of loss can be devastating to anyone, especially the breadwinner of a family. Even if it is a second job, it may represent a threat to survival.
Job loss can produce many emotions, but fear is usually at the root of any response. Will I lose my home? My child is leaving for college this fall—will I have to break the news that it will be impossible? We have built up credit card debt trying to keep our heads above water… what now?
These and many other concerns are very real and can seem extremely threatening. If we keep our eyes on the waves, we will sink into despair and hopelessness. This is a time when it is difficult—but imperative—that we focus on Jesus, not on the problems. This is a time to remember that he, not our job, is our source.
We may go through some real challenges. We may have to tighten our belts and make some sacrifices. These struggles are not easy, but with Jesus we can find hope.
Our job may be gone. The economy may be falling apart. But God has not changed. It is because of his mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed. "His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness."
Jesus will make a way.
Father, this job loss has left me feeling angry and fearful. Help me to regroup—to remember that you are here, that you love me and my family and that you have a plan. Help me remember that you have not been taken by surprise and that you have already made a way for us. Thank you that your compassion never fails and that your stability and faithfulness are abundant. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Handling Loss and Grief: How to Face Losses in Life and Grieve Christianly by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. This study teaches participants what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss.
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