It may not be coincidence that the ancient man of God, Job, had a name that was spelled the same way as that thing we do when we’re looking for work, looking for a job.  I say that because looking for a job these days can land you in as much of a funk as Job must have felt when everything he had was systematically taken away from him.  He lost it all.  His worldly wealth vanished, his bank accounts were closed, his credit cards no longer were honored and his 401K was useless.  His family was gone and he suffered boils and other health issues.  He went through all of that and didn’t really understand why.

The worst part of the story was that his friends tried to make him feel that either his faith wasn’t strong enough or he was some kind of fool for not giving up on God.  No one believed in Job.  No one thought he was doing the right thing.  No one that is, but God!  For his part, Job was baffled, he had done all he knew to please and obey God and had tried to live a righteous life.  He was a good man.

If you’ve been out there job searching like I have for the past few months, you know how discouraging it can be.  You may have a wealth of experience and expertise, but your usual efforts no longer pay off.  You’re still valuable, you still know  the great things you knew six months ago that got you the last promotion, but for now, you can’t get your foot in the door.  You’ve been trying and everything is disappearing.  Your bank account has dried up and you’re living on hope and credit cards.  You’re sleeping less, watching fatigue set in and hearing that your friends think you should give up on your God-given talents and experience and just go find something, anything.

You feel like Job! You feel like you’ve tried everything and you’ve been faithful to all that God gave you.  You’re not squandering your talents.  You’re not abandoning your life work.  Yet, here it is. Months with no income.  Everything is going upside down and the game looks like it’s over.  You’re not sitting in a heap of boils, but your blood pressure is boiling and you’re working hard to keep your stress level at a minimum.

There are a lot of us.  We’re people who believe and trust that what we do is part of the work of God’s Kingdom.  We’ve worked hard so that in the end, He might call us “good and faithful” servants.  Yet, we live in a world, where debts pile up and those with the money, seem slightly embarrassed with our predicament.  It’s hard to keep the faith.

Ah, but hold on!  Remember the ending of the story about Job?  Remember that God did honor Job’s faith and restored to him all that he had taken away.  In fact, Job had more at the end of his life than he ever had before.  God was faithful and Job was obedient.

Perhaps that’s the thing we have to keep in mind.  When we’re obedient, God can be faithful. He sees you and He knows you have bills to pay.  He still honors your work and you.

  1. Bev Luedecke says:

    I still struggle with this one… and would have to slightly disagree with the conclusion that God restored to Job all that he had lost. Job ended up with more material wealth and “another family”, but what about his original wife and children? Surely God doesn’t see our loved ones as just material possessions which can be bought, sold, and traded. The fact is that Job lost his wife and children, and I’m sure that was devastating to him. I’m curious why the author of Job left out what God may have felt about that, because on the surface it seems like God was rather shallow about it.

    • Karen says:

      I would say that you’re correct about all that Job lost, and there really isn’t any commentary from the Bible writers about how God may have grieved over his family, but I trust He did. My hope here is only to remind ourselves that even after incredible loss, things can change and new dreams can come. It’s not easy to understand the whole Job story in a lot of ways. It’s just one of those stories that catches me because often, life gives us those “Job” days and we have to try to deal with them. The one part that really resonates with me though is that I have to keep believing that what God has put into my heart as my work, really is something I should trust and protect no matter how it looks sometimes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Anna Harris says:

    Dear Karen,
    I am a fairly regular reader of your blog, so I was sad to read that you have been struggling through the trauma of job hunting. Your books have so impacted and inspired me as a writer that I could barely believe someone with your skills and wisdom could be out of work. I’m praying that God will lead you into something fabulous that meets all your needs.
    Have a great Christmas,

    • Karen says:

      I thank you so much for your kind note. I do believe I’m being groomed for yet another step in my career, perhaps more speaking and writing and so I’m waiting to see just how God would lead me. It’s not always easy to wait as you well know and so I appreciate people like you who reach out to encourage me. I wish you and yours a warm and delightful Christmas and the gifts of God’s spirit to guide you into the new year. Much joy. Karen

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