Q: There are many people who are looking for a job and are frustrated with the way our economy has changed in the past few years. What is some Bible-based advice for these situations?  —Gerald

A: Many people are struggling to make sense of today’s transitional work world. Any time there is a change in an organization—new leadership, merger, acquisition, downturn in business, new technology—employees may be targeted for job loss. This fast-paced change in the work world is expected to continue and will be the new normal going forward with continued job transitioning.

With all this change comes a lot of uncertainty, anxiety, suffering, and confusion for those who may be impacted. A job loss is considered one of the more significant losses in one’s life. It leaves individuals and families in a state of bewilderment for a time.

With all of this uncertainty and change, the true certainties our hearts long for run much deeper. We know that life can be difficult, but we also know that we’re not alone in our hardship. God is there . . . even when the bottom drops out of our world. Hebrews 13: 5-6 reassures us: “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’ ” God is there with us, and we never face our burdens alone—that’s a guarantee!

For more help with job loss, take a moment to read this online booklet: Now What? A Healing Journey Through Job Loss.  —Chuck Fridsma

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