“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Unemployment can disrupt our plans to buy a home, pay for school or help a parent. Few people make plans for job loss. Some might save a percentage of their money with hopes of earning more in the future. We’re tempted to lose hope and give up on future plans when we lose our jobs. Even though their situation looked hopeless, God told the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:11 about His good plans for hope for their lives. Isn’t that great? Jesus loves you so much He has a plan for your life.
Have I been responsible?
Have you ever been laid off from a job? It feels like being fired, even though you are not. After all, the result is the same: being without a job. I go to my Father in Heaven asking, Lord was there anything I could have done to prevent losing my job? Then, I repent of things I know I did wrong and the sins I didn’t realize I committed. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Is it time for a change?
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness!” Psalm 143:1. As I seek the Lord to hear my cry, I set aside time to hear Him. I turn off the phone, the radio, and the television. I sit in quietness as I pray, worship and listen for Him. Jesus is able to bless you in your current profession or change your life as He did for the disciples. Mark 1:16-18, “As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.’”
Pray this week:
Father, help me to trust your good plans for me even when things seem difficult.
Do you think God may be leading you to a different kind of job?