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How difficult to be unemployed! You want to work, to earn a living, to pay your bills, to support your family, but you have lost your job through unforeseen circumstances. You are trying hard to find something, anything, but no one seems willing to employ you. The days stretch out endlessly. The bills mount. Every “no” in an employment line reduces your hope a little more, you feel helpless and worthless. You doubt your ability to perform adequately.

Others try to comfort you, but their words seems hollow. They pity you and don’t understand. You begin to envy those who have a job and to question why God is letting this happen to you.

The Psalmist must have felt similarly when he compared his own property to the wicked people’s success. He cries out, “when my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant” (Psalm 73:21). He recognizes his own self-pity and bitter attitude, his answer comes from his faith in a caring God who would later send His son to the cross: “Whom have I in Heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26). Words of encouragement for the unemployed. God will guide you through the difficult period and sustain you. He will help you serve others and will, in His good time, open the doors of opportunity to you.

REFERENCE: Psalm 73:21-26

Written by: Pius Kedem Sedofia

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