Several years ago from 2007 to 2009, our country experienced a national financial crisis. The financial crisis was caused by our major banks and mortgage companies causing the worst subprime mortgage collapse in history. Many of our financial institutions were on the brink of going out of business which led to our government having to bail them out of trouble. Several small business owners watched their businesses close not being able to pay their employees their paychecks. The local banks which these small businesses made their bank deposits into their accounts shut off access to their business line of credits and credit cards. The personal bankers, mortgage officers, and branch managers had hounded their customers for years to take out home equity lines of credits and subprime mortgages with little to no income verification. However, once the financial crisis became a very dark and painful reality, the customers who took out their lines of credit had them frozen with no way to access them for emergency purposes. Our US unemployment rate skyrocketed to double-digit numbers to 10.2%, which was the highest rate that our country had been at in twenty-six years.
At the end of December 2009, I learned from the company that I worked for that I had lost my job which was during the height of the financial crisis. Waking up the next day and learning that I was unemployed was something that I had never gone through before in my life. I wanted to go work, I looked online to apply for jobs but there were no companies hiring to fill the positions they posted online. When I did find jobs to apply for, I would submit my resumes to the companies but several months would go by learning that I would not be considered as a candidate for the position. Toward the end of my unemployment period, financially things got rough for me and my family not being able to financially support my family as a man.
However, there were three important things that the Lord taught me while I went through that unemployed season in my life. First, the Lord taught me doing my season of being unemployed that the job I had lost was not my financial source but the Lord Himself was my source. Secondly, the Lord encouraged me to take advantage of the free job training and courses that the local Unemployment agency office made available to those who were unemployed. Finally, the Lord taught me that though government and man may fail me, the Lord would never fail those who hope in His mercy.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine (Psalms 33:18-19).
God is your source
The first thing that the Lord taught me doing my season of being unemployed was that the job I had lost was not my financial source but the Lord Himself. All of us at some point in our lives have heard the saying “if a man does not work, he does not eat”. When that statement is made by someone to another person hearing it will sometimes be interpreted that our jobs are the source to have food to eat. However, that statement comes from the scripture reference found in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 which says “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat”. When the Apostle Paul made that statement to the believers of the church of Thessalonians, he did not make it because he was telling them that their daily jobs were the source to them having food, clothing, and shelter. However, the message that the Holy Spirit wanted to communicate to the people was to warn them to guard themselves against idleness. There were people who lived among the Thessalonians believers in a disorderly manner, always in other people business, and not willing to work (2 Thessalonians 3:11).
My dear brother in Christ, the Lord wants you to know that the job which fired you was not your source of providing for your daily needs. My dear sister the Lord wants you to know as well that the job which moved to another state was never your true financial source to pay your bills. The one who is our true source to meet every need that we have is the Lord God Almighty. Our Heavenly Father is still able to take what is not enough and make it more than enough. When we trust Him in times of lack, famine, and scarcity, He will not allow our cruise oil to run out and not allow our barrel of meal to run dry (1 Kings 17:8-16). The Lord taught me through being unemployed what a songwriter once wrote in his song called God is. The song says “God is the joy and the strength of my life. The Lord removes all pain, misery, and strife. He promised to keep me and will never to leave me, He will never come short of His word because God is”.
Free job training and courses
The second that thing that the Lord encouraged me to do was to take advantage of the free job training and courses that local unemployment office made available to those who were unemployed. As I received my final paycheck from my former employer, I then had to register for unemployment with the state. The direct deposits they provided were helpful but nothing close to what my original paycheck was with my previous employer. I learned about various job training and courses that the unemployment office offered those out of work to help them to improve their job qualifications and skills. The local unemployment agency offered such courses on how to improve your job resume, job interview, and what was the best career path for a person going into a new career field. If a person wanted to improve their chances in finding a new job, they had to be willing to take advantage of these important courses that were being offered to them. However, if the person failed to see the value in how these courses could help them, there was would be a greater probability that they would continue be out of work for a much longer time.
You, my dear friend, have been out of work for the last five years not being able to find no opportunities in your previous job industry. Yes, companies are not supposed to discriminate against a person age but the candidates who are being hired are college graduates. Not only that but companies who have opened job positions will sometimes look for someone who may be single, able to work longer hours, and weekends. The person who is in their late forties or fifties with an established family, to a company that person may not be the ideal candidate they would want to hire. You have been asking yourself the question of how do I put myself in a better position to be hired by a company that I would really like to be a part of. The answer my brother is that you have to be willing to take advantage of the free or paid job training that becomes available to you. If you do this, my brother, you will strengthen your job skills and make yourself a strong job candidate for a hiring company. The word of God says in Proverbs 1:5, “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel”.
God will not fail you
Finally, the third thing that the Lord taught me was that though the government and man may fail me, the Lord would never fail those who hope in His mercy. During my time of being unemployed, I was driving on my way home from the Target store in my area. As I was driving my mind began to wonder and was filled with so much worry, discouragement, and depression that I was out of work. Each time I was denied by a company to be hired by them it felt like I was being personally rejected by the company. I heard a voice that said that the only way you will ever be able to provide for your family as a man was to take your car and run it off the road and kill yourself. The voice said if you take your life, you can do it in such a way that the car crash would not look intentional but like an accident. Once dead my wife and daughter could live for the next several years from my life insurance payout to them from my death. I realized that the voice I was hearing was the devil himself and I cried out to the Lord to help me to get home safe. I told the Lord I would trust Him despite how I felt about my situation and He would help to find work in His timing.
What helped me get through that dark period of me being unemployed was holding onto God’s promises. One of them was found in Psalms 33:19-20 which said “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine”. What those two scriptures said to me was that the Lord was not blind to what goes on in my life and He fully understood the frustration I was going through at that moment. My hope had to be in the Lord and His mercy and not in the system of this world. The Lord was and is my deliverer and He promised to keep me through my famine of being unemployed. Through standing on His promises I would eventually find a new job and go into a new career field from what I had done in the past. Today the Lord wants you to be encouraged my brother because the Lord is no respect of persons. The Lord is your deliverer and He will keep you and your household alive as you go through your famine of being unemployed. He is not blind to what going on with you, He just wants you to hope in His mercy and the career He has for you will come in His timing.