Finding a Job God's Way
Can God help Sam find a job?

sam asks: Can God help me find another job with 9000 KSC possible layoffs. I ask this question because I feel hopless and clueless because of our economy.
Question about A Personal Question: I need help
Motivation - Trouble: Financial problems; Fear, anxiety, worry: Fear of the future
Bible view - Ancient literature - [question 14, Friday, 22-Jul-2011]

Sam, you are in a tough spot and it is no fun being there. Perhaps this is an opportunity to get closer to God and learn more about Him and some of His ways. No one enjoys in-the-valley experiences, but we all have them. Being on-top-of-the-mountain is a lot more fun!

You can be sure of this: the God of the Bible is for you. He loves you deeply and this love appears over and over again in the Bible. We discuss here a few of the Bible precepts that apply to looking for a job.

Priorities

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Matthew 6:31ff [KJV]

Left to ourselves, we pretty much give highest priority to the essentials of life: food, water, shelter, clothing, and the like, plus intangibles such as love and happiness. The Bible also gives these things top priority except for one case.

In the box at the right, Jesus addresses the essentials of life. He says only the Kingdom of God and God's righteousness should take priority over life's essentials. Then Jesus makes an astounding promise. He says if we seek God first, things will be added to our life. In Sam's case, these things might be a new job. A new job would certainly help Sam obtain the food, water, and clothing that Jesus mentions explicitly in the Bible verse.

In the Matthew passage Jesus teaches about a subject that appears throughout the Bible: God rewards people who trust Him. A good place to see this is in the life of King Solomon, one of the richest men in the world. The account appears in the first chapter of 2 Chronicles.

In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, 'Ask what I shall give you.' Solomon said to God, 'You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place ... Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?' God said to Solomon, 'Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you.' [2 Chronicles 1:7ff, NASB]

Solomon's priorities are aligned with biblical principles, and God rewards him with great riches. What a deal! It is hard to beat. Will it work for Sam? Will it work for you and me? The Bible says 'yes' and there are many Bible-believing people who will tell you the same. Why not try it? Why not seek God first? The paragraphs below present a framework for seeking God. It is not difficult.

In the passage about Solomon, God appears directly to him at night. This seldom happens now. God has changed His methods of communication over the years. (Solomon lived about 1000 BC.) Today, seeking the Kingdom of God is first and foremost a matter of prayer and Bible reading. At the end of this article there are links to other articles on this web site that will help you with prayer and righteousness before God.

The Sanctity of Labor

if any would not work, neither should he eat
- 2 Thessalonians 3:10(b) [KJV]

There is a biblical parallel to the title of Robert Fulghum's book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It is this: All I Really Need to Know About the Bible Starts in Genesis. Genesis is an amazing book. It presents most, if not all, of the major Bible doctrines in early capsule form. You do not get very far into the Bible before encountering what theologians call The Sanctity of Labor:

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
- Genesis 2:15 [KJV]

Right from the start God commissions man to work. Jewish commentator J. H. Hertz notes of this verse 'Not indolence but congenial work is man's Divinely allotted portion.' Or, as one employee put it after a refreshing weekend: Thank God It's Monday!

The sanctity of labor is underscored in the eight Commandment [Exodus 20:15]: Thou shalt not steal. Dr. Hertz notes: Any aggression on the property of our neighbor is an assault on his human personality, because private property represents the fruit of human industry and intelligence. The God of the Bible wants us to work and He protects the product of our labor by His own injunction. In other words, God wants Sam to have a job. Any break in Sam's employment should be a temporary one. This should encourage Sam to pray for immediate resumption of work. Such a prayer is directly in line with biblical principles.

In case you missed it in Genesis and Exodus, the sanctity of labor repeats throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. Four very explicit passages are:

Being lazy will make you poor, but hard work will make you rich. [Proverbs 10:4, GNB]

Hard work will give you power; being lazy will make you a slave. [Proverbs 12:24, GNB]

Lazy people should learn a lesson from the way ants live. They have no leader, chief, or ruler, but they store up their food during the summer, getting ready for winter. [Proverbs 6:6ff, GNB]

Whoever refuses to work is not allowed to eat. [2 Thessalonians 3:10, GNB]

With such an emphasis on honorable labor, it is a biblical shame if able-bodied men do not work. Basic human dignity is involved, as well as the requisite provisioning of life's essentials. When possible, of course, a good, high-paying, well-suited job is best. When not possible, any job is better than no job at all.

Don't Lose Heart

God and Jacob wrestled all night. God said to Jacob 'Let me go, for the dawn in breaking.' But Jacob replied 'No, I will not let you go unless you bless me.'
- Genesis 32:26 [KJV]

If you don't have a job, consider seeking God as your primary employment. Anyone with a developed prayer life will tell you that prayer is work, not an offhand, frivolous endeavor. Sam, and anyone in Sam's shoes, should make prayer and Bible reading a significant part of job hunting. This is not continually asking God for a job. It is seeking God Himself, to get to know Him better, and to learn what pleases Him and what does not please Him. If you simply ask God for a handout, you are violating the sanctity of labor. In fact, you are simply being lazy.

Seek God's face. Don't seek God's hand.

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
- Jeremiah 29:13 [KJV]

Attending a good Bible-believing church will help you during this difficult time. If it is a good church, the people there will love you and also hold you accountable to your prayer and Bible reading.

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. [Hebrews 10:24ff, KJV]

Jesus makes a point about diligently seeking God in His parable about the widow and the unjust judge. (A parable is a story with a deeper meaning.) Listen to the teaching in Luke 18:

Now He (Jesus) was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.' For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'
- Luke 18:1ff [NASB]

In other words, don't quit! Back in Genesis, Jacob is a man who did not quit. He wrestled for, and received, a blessing from God (box at right). Sam, wrestle for it and see if God does not reward your tenacity. Doing so is a well-established biblical principle.

Sat, 26-Jul-2014 09:06:59 GMT, unknown: 260195 ABJov5eZtntrg
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