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20 Bible Promises for the Unemployed

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Rainbows. Photo by Madpack.

Rainbows. Photo by Madpack.

When bad things happen to good people, God can preserve the good in them while He walks them through the suffering. While He walks, He talks; and those who are listening will hear Him.

We do not intend to downplay the havoc which loss of income can cause. It erodes self-confidence; it disrupts family life; it causes sleepless nights resulting in ill-health; it threatens spirituality and sanity; it can take away material possessions; but the path toward a solution includes fellowship with God who can calm minds and offer the blessing of inner peace.

Sometimes He prompts the sufferer to search His Word for new promises to help replace worry with wisdom, fear with faith and doubt with deliverance. Here are of some of His promises (from the New Living Translation) which enable the job searchers to:

  • Exemplify faith and trust,
  • Exercise patience,
  • Extend generosity (as much as they are able),
  • Expect answers.
Unemployment Development Department office in California (2007).  Photo by Michael Raphael

Unemployment Development Department office in California (2007). Photo by Michael Raphael

Exemplify Faith and Trust

1. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."
Proverbs 3: 5, 6

2. "The Lord says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.' " ―Psalm 32:8

3. "Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing." ―Psalm 34:10

4. "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." ―Isaiah 41:10

5. "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." ―Philippians 4:6

6. "Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. . . The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly." ―Psalm 146: 3,8

7. "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." ―1Peter 5:7

8. "The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. . . Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." ―Lamentations 3: 19-23

Exercise Patience

9. "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." ―Romans 5: 3, 4

10. "Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last." ―Proverbs 11:18

11. "But it is wrong to say God doesn’t listen, to say the Almighty isn’t concerned.You say you can’t see him, but he will bring justice if you will only wait." ―Job 35: 13,14

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Extend Generosity

12. "The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed." ―Proverbs 11:25

13. "But Elijah said to her, 'Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and . . . make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers . . .' ” ―1 Kings 17: 13, 14

14. "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap." ―Luke 6:38

Expect Answers

15. "Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful." ―Deuteronomy 8:18

16. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ―Jeremiah 29:11

17. “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?" ―Jeremiah 32:27

18. "So don’t worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”Matthew 25: 31-33

19. "Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory." ―Psalm 50:15

20. ""Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." ―Ephesians 3:20

Encouragement for the Unemployed (3 Mins)

© 2011 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 23, 2014:

Napoleon's email address has been removed. He is still unemployed but moving forward.

His comments remind us of the valid frustrations of the unemployed. As of February 2014, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an unemployment rate of 6.7%. There are many who have been suffering for years.

Sometimes a human word of encouragement will help to put God's promises in perspective. Let's do what we can to help each other.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2014:

Napoleon, you only feel like shrub in the desert; you are not. To get help overcoming that feeling, please call 800-969 6642 and relate your problem;

or email your case at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/contact-us.

They can help you to start thinking clearly again.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2014:

Napoleon, how can I reach you outside the HubPages forum? Do you have an email address I can use to contact you? Please respond. Thank you.

Napoleon Smith on March 21, 2014:

Thank you for your response -- especially since I didn't expect any.

I went to the verses and the links and read through tose. One thing I noticed in the quotes piece is that those with attribution all come from people who had lots of money or were aristocrats of their time. That seems to ratify the part of Jeremiah discussing the trusting of men, if I might elaborate:

I live in a place and culture where the only worshipped entity seems to be Saint Warren de Buffet; the legislatrure boasts of having just denied tens of thousands any access to health care, while boasting of their "Christian values," and the idiot news media lets them get away with it; people I've helped at points through the years get hired into the university system at six figures, and I'm forced to live on the streets (last year); my God-given talent goes fallow; all else I try doesn't work out; I've lost even my books and papers because no one was willing to store what they call "junk"; and everyone seems to delight that with my mind rotted and my spirit beaten down I'm finally "more normal," defined as just like them, in their deliberately unexamine d life and their hatred of the least shred of intellcuality and their adoration of idiot television. . I can't live here and like this anymore, and every attempt to get out fails. A priest friend says this mode of looking at things is Satanic but it looks to me more like simple reality. It looks like God rewards the feckless and has turned His back on me, and one can't beat God, can one? So my counsel would be ti skip the effort at prayer. After 27 months of this, it is hopeless, for society has made me into the shrub in the desert; I didn't go there of my own volition. So maybe the merdicful thing would now be to quickly accelerate the rotting away to its terminal point rather than spend 20 more years like this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2014:

Napoleon, I can relate to the pressure of unemployment. I consider myself retired now only because age is a factor for me, too; so I gave up trying to find a job.

My scripture anchor is Jeremiah 17: 7 and 8. I discussed it in my article—“Tough Times: Those Who Survive and Those Who Surrender.” Hope you read and find a new perspective.

Meanwhile, try doing something different. For example:

(1) It is possible for you to succeed in an area different from the area of your college training.

(2) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Somebody has to give, to receive the blessing of giving.

(3) If you know a more suitable verse than the one I suggest, ask God to affirm it in your life. You must have promise to ride on through the tough times.

(4) You haven’t asked me, but I’ll be praying for you and also asking others to pray too.

Please do not be discouraged. Focus on God’s ability to meet your needs, rather than on the lack created by unemployment. Your appreciation for what God has already done, will help sustain you till He does what He plans to do.

Napoleon Smith on March 20, 2014:

Nice piece; but where's the verse for when the food stamp card has maxed out? Or for when your friends blame unemployment on you? Or when you're rejected out of hand because of your age? I realize that the Bible is meant to be your "big picture" relationship with the Lord, but after two years of humiliation, of the education in three college degrees rotting away, of rejection become just another part of the morning routine, of the state legislature denying you access to basic health care, of the return of social Darwinism as mainstream thought with the tenet that the rich are the blessed...it gets kind of tough.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Laurie, happy that you find these verses appropriate. Blessings to you too!

Rayne123 on January 27, 2014:

Beautiful hub and great reminder of how Our Creator blesses abundantly.

Great time to see this.

Thank you

Blessings

Laurie

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 18, 2014:

Emma, God bless you! Be encouraged and keep focusing on God's ability to supply your needs. He has done in the past, and He will continue. Start praising Him!

Emma LEE on January 18, 2014:

I have been without a job since 2011 and all i have tried to do was to start a business so I don't fall into the unemployment market ever again. it has been really challenging in business. I had to relocate my family to a better environment while i try to continue in the struggle. This distance is affecting me more than unemployment itself. I however decided to abandon business, seek an MBA so I can be closer to family and also improve the possibility of getting a better job. I needed a word from God and didn't know where to start from in the bible. But thanks to google........You are a blessing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 05, 2013:

Favour, count on my prayers. Meanwhile, be thankful for whatever blessings you see around you. Thank God for your husband's job, for example. When you begin to see "good" and be grateful, the "good" becomes "better."

Favour on June 05, 2013:

Thanks Ms Dora for this inspiring hub. I lost my job some months back and i am believing God for another better one to support my husband who has been working tirelessly to take care of the home. Sometimes i feel bad that i cant help him with some needs. Please pray for me that i get a better job soon.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2013:

CC you have some time to develop the right thoughts and attitude toward your situation. Be honest with God about what you want and start thinking about receiving it. Please do not spend energy thinking about what you do not want. Glad you believe in prayer, and I will certainly add mine.

CC on April 30, 2013:

Dear Ms. Dora,

I thank you for your post. I feel so bad because I've worked towards two graduate degrees, have a lot of student debt and no job prospects. My last paycheck is in two months and I don't want to be homeless. I'm trying to hold on. Please pray for me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 21, 2013:

Blessed 2013, your name says it all. Thanks for sharing your experience. After the test comes the testimony. Praying that you grow stronger and deeper in faith. Because you find the good in your situation, the good will get better. God bless you!

blessed 2013 on January 21, 2013:

I started reading the site to complain and be bitter. After reading the posting of others I became grateful. God has allowed me to keep my home and vehicle. I also haven't went to bed hungry. I lost my teaching job in 2009. My uuemploymemt depleted. I am now teaching at a private school for $10.00 hr, no supplies furnished, no smart board, internet in classroom, staff support, or health benefits. My faith is being tested, trying to hold on.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 15, 2012:

Mahmood, I'm happy that these verses were readily available to you. I'm praying right now that You will be aware of God's presence, accept His peace and listen to what He says you should do. Trust Him to guide you to the solution.

Mahmood Khokhar on October 15, 2012:

Dear Sir,

My Name is Mahmood Khokhar.

I am born Christian.

I am so desperate and dejected that I don't have any hope.

I just wrote on the Google Search , ( Jesus help me I don't know what should I do ).

And first address your occur in the result.

I have gone thru your first page.

And I confess I am sinner, I want to be saved , I want to re born.

Sir,

From Many years I don't have any proper regular source of income, that's why I cannot take care of my responsibility.

Now from many month I don't have any money , we are family of 7 members, we did not had proper meal from many months.

Besides Food, all other expenses are not paid, like School Fee of my 5 Children, House rent ETC.

Please pray for me , that Jesus forgive my Sins and provide me regular source of income.

I am Jobless , I need a Job, I money less , I need Money, I Need source to survive and look after my family

I Pray to you and Almighty Jesus Christ!

Amen

Mahmood Khokhar

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 03, 2012:

Nikki, so glad we both got it! I love your excitement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 03, 2012:

Ricksterg, it is great that you credit God for the blessings of food and shelter during your employment. He's faithful! Keep trusting Him till the light breaks through.

Nikki Major on July 03, 2012:

Dog on it!!! somebody else gets it. Hallelejuah!!!"

Ricksterg from Lexington, S.C. on July 03, 2012:

Great hub, I have been unemployed for 2 years and God has not let me down. I still own my house and I am not hungry. Thank you for the encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 22, 2012:

Glad you like it, tireless. You encourage me by telling me that I encourage you. Blessings to you, too.

Judy Specht from California on May 22, 2012:

Came back for more encouragement. Love the picture of the mom with her kids that say, "Maximize your time". Spending time with children and teaching them values is way more important than anyone gives credit for. Blessings

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 22, 2012:

You made my day, kerlynb. I received as much inspiration from you as you did from these verses of scripture. Thanks for commenting. You're a blessing.

kerlynb from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^ on May 21, 2012:

" I myself will go with you and give you success." - Nothing could make me more motivated to work than knowing that He is by my side and will help me reach my goals. Very motivating hub! Thank you for sharing the words of God. I do not have time to look up the Bible for inspirational quotes, words to lift my spirits and just help me go through a tough day. So I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to anticipate people's questions and answer them by quoting the Bible. I have faith and it just became stronger today by reading your helpful hub. Voting your hub up, useful, beautiful and awesome!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 17, 2012:

Heather, glad you found something to smile about. I rejoice with you that your wedding turned out fine. Now, You are compelled to give God the glory. All the best on HubPages!

Heather from Arizona on April 17, 2012:

Very inspiring! Great hub. I became unemployed in August of 2011 (two months before the wedding we had been planning). Everything worked out great and God has always provided for my husband and I. I have to giggle and smile at "Start working without pay?" because I started here on hubpages to keep myself from going stir-crazy at home all day and it felt like working for free in the beginning ;)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 02, 2012:

Thank you reading, tirelesstraveler, but thanks especially for sharing your son's response. His faith is way above ordinary. Praying that he experiences the Lord's reward of his trust in Him. Blessings to you all!

Judy Specht from California on January 01, 2012:

Love your clear and concise writing. Bless you MsDora.

My son is unemployed with a new baby. When I asked he and his wife what they wanted for Christmas they replied,"We don't really need anything. Losing a job and having a baby makes you realize you don't need so much". I nearly collapsed on the floor. What an answer to prayer. Hallelujah!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2011:

My experience is like yours, prairieprincess, that it is hard to keep going sometimes; but always those hard times are a call for us to keep the faith. I'll remember you in my prayer. You also encourage me. Thanks!

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on December 03, 2011:

Wow, this is so, so encouraging. I lost my teaching job and I've been trying to make it at home ever since. It's hard to keep going sometimes! This is really encouraging and I will bookmark this for further meditation. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 21, 2011:

You're right Sinea Pies. Unemployment like so many other adverse situations make us come to grips with the reality of our faith. Thanks for your testimony that God has always provided. That's encouraging to me.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on November 21, 2011:

This is a great hub, MsDora, and right on. We've lost a huge part of our income due to my husband's time of unemployment and a big cut in my pay. But God has provided all the way. I've looked at it as a test of my faith. Do I really trust Him the way I say I do?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 13, 2011:

Thank you, redhera. God's Word always inspire especially when we need it. Thanks for your comment.

redhera from philippines on November 13, 2011:

This is a nice hub MsDora.This hub uplift my spirit. And your words are very inspirational and encouraging.Thank you for this hub. God bless you always MsDora! Keep writing ! always keep the faith!

Zabbella from NJ-USA on September 24, 2011:

Thank you, Ms. Dora, This inspiring hub came at a time when I needed it most.

Zabbella from NJ-USA on September 23, 2011:

Thank you , Ms Dora...it turns out that I am unemployed right now...(Sept 2011) I have been busy writing and spreading the word, the best way I know. Your hub has very interesting points for me to consider. God Bless!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 01, 2011:

Sorry about your daughter, ladyt11. May God give you and your daughter some relief, or the comfort and the courage to endure. Keep trusting Him because He promised to supply our needs according to His riches. Thanks for your comment, and be blessed!

ladyt11 on August 31, 2011:

This is so encouraging, thank you! I have an autistic daughter and it is hard for me to work outside the home. She also suffers with a chronic nerve condition that is very painful and hard to monitor because you don't know when the pain is going to hit. This article really hit home for me because God has kept me afloat, even in the times when I am not working I still see his provision. I'm going to reference this hub a lot! Thank you MsDora

MsDora on August 14, 2011:

Yeshuan, I appreciate your comment. Happy when someone takes the time to read the scriptures. Thanks!

Yeshuan from North Carolina on August 14, 2011:

This is truly encouraging. Your scriptures references are spot-on. Awesome, writing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 02, 2011:

Thanks to you both, Stolive and ruffridyer. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by ervy word . . ."

ruffridyer from Dayton, ohio on August 02, 2011:

You obviously have a great deal of faith. Keep on hubbing/sharing.

Stolive from Botswana on July 30, 2011:

Great, motivating, inspiring and spirit-lifting hub. We do need such words in times like this when everything seem to be gloomy - words we can stand on as they've got the power to take us through.

Thank you so much MsDora; may God help us remember this.

Stay blessed!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2011:

Thanks for sharing your perspective, P. Smart. Where there's life, there's hope.

P. Smart on July 27, 2011:

Totally inspiring and a timely reminder that success and fulfilment are the domain of the Lord. A pop star died a couple of days ago at age 27. She wasn't unemployed and had a lot more money than all of your readers combined. But she forgot who brings success and today she's no more.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2011:

So glad you found this helpful, cardelean. I quite understand the struggles of fellow Michiganians and pray for the best on all our behalf. Hope things improve for you, your family and your school district.

cardelean from Michigan on July 27, 2011:

Thank you for this beautiful hub MsDora. You know as well as I the tough economy that Michigan is facing. Although I am employed, my husband is not and it is challenging. In addition to that, I had to take a pay cut last year and will most likely face another in the spring of next year. I struggle with the likelihood that our school district will not be around in about 3 years due to the financial crisis that we are in and the additional constraints that the governor has put in place for schools here.

It is a daily struggle to keep in mind and remember that God has a plan and to trust while pursuing some other options in the event of a job loss for me. It is scary but imperative to believe. I will be bookmarking this for future reminders!