Psalm 90:17 “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.”
First of all, it is crucial to recognize that we need the Lord’s favor to rest on us and to establish the work of our hands. We need him to guide us to the right position, and place us where we can be of utmost service to his Kingdom. He also knows where we will be fulfilled and reach our highest potential. Praying and asking for his guidance and blessing in our job search will pay off with the highest dividends.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
Finding the right employment requires us to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and not lean on our own wisdom. I have to confess that I tried running ahead of God several times in my recent job search, and I even began two separate part-time jobs in my feeble attempts to find work. I was miserable in both of those jobs, though, and I quickly came to realize my lack of trust in God’s timing and provision. The solution to my impatience and lack of faith is explained precisely in Proverbs 3:6, as Solomon shares, “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Once I submitted to God’s direction, he was able to lead me where I needed to go.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
I love this verse, because it is a very encouraging one. It reminds us that if we ask God for a job, that he will answer our request. If we seek the right job, we will find it. And if we knock on the employment door, it will be opened to us. God wants us to be productive members of society and the Kingdom, so he will provide for his children.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Waiting on the Lord’s timing can be very challenging, and impatience often seems to rule my life. However, this verse keeps everything in proper perspective. God does work all things together for good for those who love him—in other words, for us. We have been called his children according to his purpose, so he will provide everything we need when we need it. This includes finding the right job for our skills, talents, and anointing level at the right time.
I Corinthians 4:12 “We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;”
Working is not a bad word, as God calls us to work hard with our own hands. It is something that he calls us all to do—whether we work at home or at an office, or whether we are sending out resumes or filling out applications—we need to do it as unto the Lord. We also need to bless and be a blessing no matter what else is going on around us even when we are cursed or persecuted.
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”
Finding the right job may seem like hard work, especially when we try to do it in our own strength. The important thing, though, is to give whatever we do all our effort. Whether it is working or looking for employment, we need to do it as if we are working for the Lord. He is our ultimate boss, and we should want to please him most of all.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.’”
My final top verse about finding a job is this one, because it can be easy to want to give up. Good jobs are very hard to find these days, and it might seem simple to just stop trying to find one at all. After sending out over 100 resumes, I can say that I was tempted to give up on my employment search many times. However, I knew that I needed to keep searching for the position that God was preparing for me. This verse shows us the consequence of not working, and it is definitely one that as Christians we should avoid.
In conclusion, finding a job in today’s economy can be a very difficult undertaking. It might be tempting to give up, but God wants us to be contributing members of society and follow his leading and guidance to the right place of employment. He knows the timing and the place where we will be able to use our gifts and talents for the glory of his Kingdom. And as Christians, we know that the Lord will always provide for his children no matter what comes our way.
Written by Karla Hawkins
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a Christian author, editor and translator. Some of my favorite pastimes include traveling, and connecting with family and friends via social media. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and especially with both of my precious grandsons.