Coping with Job Loss and Career Change

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

The next time your stomach reels as you ponder the state of our economy, the banking crisis, or the job market, take heart.

God’s word assures us that there is a time to every purpose under heaven. That means that regardless of how bad things look as related by news reporters and stock market indices, God has a sovereign design behind everything.

If you’re one of the thousands of Americans who is out of work right now, remember that everything happens for a reason, and while it’s easy to fall into victim mode, it’s not useful.

Like seasons, jobs come and go. It’s part of God’s master plan. It’s natural to grieve for a little while after losing a job you really liked, but don’t grieve too long. Instead, think of what you can do to adapt to the change, in a way similar to how you would adapt to a new season.

When winter arrives, you get out your heavy jacket or coat, change the way you dress, and if you’re like me, you even change the way you eat. I love comfort food in the winter — like hearty stews, soups, and roasts. 

What can you do right now to comfort your soul and nurture your confidence as you face this new season in your life? 

One parting thought:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

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4 Responses

  1. Kenneth Johnson Says:

    You don’t know how much I value your words of wisdom. May the good Lord continue to bless you.

    Kenneth Johnson

  2. Job Reviews Says:

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points here. Thanks!

  3. Mel Otero Says:

    What a wonderful site! As the unemployment numbers continue to rise, so many Americans are not equipped to cope with the job loss. I was unemployed during the 1983 recession and survived! My faith really carried me through those difficult days. I have created a couple of web sites and several Squidoo lenses to share some of the things I learned along the way. I love your encouraging words.

    Mel Otero

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