My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
The article said the man had died, and a relative stated that the stress of unemployment had contributed to his death. It gave me pause that cold, cloudy morning. I was just like the man who died: same age, living in the same area, laid off at the same time. Sitting home while my wife — and what seemed like everyone else — was at work, I felt useless, as if the world were moving on without me.
In today’s reading, we are told of another desperate person, Jairus, concerned about his dying daughter. The message Jesus sent to him was, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Like Jairus, I have to remember that “life [is] more important than food, and the body more than clothes” (Matt. 6:25) and that God knows what I need and will supply it.
God renews that promise, that hope, and that comfort as I begin each day. I realized that in times of loneliness, depression, fear, and hopelessness, I need to turn to God more than ever, to trust that God has good plans for me. My wandering in the desert of unemployment can be a time of spiritual growth and the inspiration for new direction in life.
John Howard Vance (Virginia, USA)
Thought for the Day
Offer to help someone who is unemployed.
PrayerAll-powerful God, in trying times give us the strength to turn to you — knowing that for you, all things are possible. Amen.
Prayer focusThose ill from stress