Author: Lukas Mathers
Facing today’s job situation just might be as overwhelming as Melbourne’s weather, but where there is adversity, there is always our sovereign God.
Many people are up against job loss, job uncertainty, and career challenges. At the same time, business owners are pulling teeth to find employees. How do we navigate this paradoxical storm?
God. We have God. 2 Corinthians 4:17 encourages us, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Ok, maybe you are screaming, “’light and momentary troubles’?! I have just lost my job, my income, my friendships, and my identity! I have been rejected, cast aside, deemed useless. How are these light and momentary troubles?! Where is God?!”
Transition, Not Identity
As career coach Daniel Ough chatted with Neil on 20Twenty, he put things into perspective. That loss is just a transition. It is not the be all and end all. It certainly is not our identity.
Daniel has been helping people find re-employment for 25 years. He and his wife Jeanie founded the career help site Jobsearchhelp4u.com. Since the pandemic hit the job market a devastating blow, the couple have been offering their professional career coaching and employment services without charge.
Daniel stresses that our identity is in Christ Jesus, not in the work we do. No one can take your identity as God’s child away from you. And whatever we do, we do so as unto the Lord, who esteems our hearts above our jobs. He will never reject us.
“You, yourself, will never become redundant. You may lose that golden ticket of a position, or that position may get thrown out, but you, and your life experiences that you bring to a position will never become obsolete,” Daniel adds.
When we trust in God alone, when we let Him steer the boat, we can find rest in His sovereignty over any circumstance we face.
But in Christ, the momentary hopelessness you might feel can be turned into strength.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
Allow the storm to cast off false securities and anchor you in the One who is unshakeable.
We are not discounting the shock of a sudden job loss, the insecurity of your current job, or the stress of stabilizing your business when you’re unable to find quality employees. Daniel reminds us that “it’s ok to tell God how you feel. You are angry, sad, depressed, distraught; but then, listen to God.” Do not use those emotions to get a job, but turn them to Him for motivation towards getting one. If there’s a central theme in the whole of God’s Word it is to turn to Him in times of trouble.
God will provide, just as He provides for the birds of the air. Jesus told us “never to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself”. (Matthew 6:34) Hold fast to your faith during a transition, remind yourself that God is sovereign over all things. Surround yourself with believing friends, prayer and reading scripture to refresh or renew you.
“Employers hire achievers,”
Daniel reiterates. When it comes to updating your CV, tailor it to your accomplishments, your successes, and to the job at hand. However, do not stretch it out, keep it short, like an advertising flyer about you. It’s true that employers only take a glancing moment in less than minute to view your CV. Short and sweet are keys to a successful CV that gets seen.
Whether you’re weathering Melbourne winters, or getting gales of overwhelming job loss stress, it is not the end. It is not hopeless; it never is. “We have hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19) You can face any challenges with confidence through Christ who strengthens you. Take hold of His promise for your future, for “(He) is with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) And when the storm passes, (yes, it is a ‘when’), you will once again see the clear blue sky. But this time,
you will be firmly anchored in Christ.
You and your friends can find more help and resources through Daniel website. To listen to Neil’s conversation with Daniel, click below.
About the author: Luke Mathers is a writer, poet, musician, relentless pursuer of God, and lover of people. Fiercely faithful and fearless in his vulnerability, Luke brings a fresh authenticity of his journey with God. His heart goes out to those in need, be it individuals or Christian ministries. You can find him gliding on water in kayaks or sailboats, or, just on Instagram @lukasword_
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