Recession-proof Christian Life
8/9/10 at 04:07 PM 0 Comments

Bible Perspective on Healing of Job Loss

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It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job: it's a depression when you lose yours.-- Harry S. Truman..

How true. How do you heal of the humiliation and leprosy of losing cherished employment? It is so much easier to watch and analyze this when it pertains to others. Often we think we know how others feel but we do not. Instead, we perceive situations that do not directly affect us to be lighter and magnify the impact of our direct impressions. I believe God must give this direct experience to a few so that they can understand how it truly feels and minister genuine support. I have had the direct experience of job loss and all I can honestly say was that it was not what I would have expected or written about. Never say "I know how you feel" unless you have truly had the experience. This article is about healing. What does the Bible teach us on this?

In Luke 17[12] And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: [13] And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. [14] And when he saw them , he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. [15] And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, [16] And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. [17] And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? [18] There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. [19] And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

My own personal experience and the conclusions I have arrived at borrow from the healing in this text in 5 fundamental ways. What should you do in times of sudden job loss?

1. No matter how afar off you may be spiritually, begin by crying out to Jesus and do not waste time grieving and lamenting to men. Humanity may mean well but they do not have the solutions.

2. Patiently bear the stigma, the stones and derogatory shouts of "unemployed" even as you keep holding on to the assurance that your wounds, isolation and hurts will soon heal. Get busy and active in whatever God has laid on your heart. Move forward with something.

3. Never let Jesus out of your heart. Keep Him in your mind. Let your gaze be on Him and let your memories of His promises sustain your progress.

4. As you are strengthened, get closer to Him in prayer, in meditation and in listening to His word.

5. Begin to thank Him and live a life of constant thanksgiving. Thank God even for silly things like the earthquake that did not happen or the star that missed the earth in its destructive trajectory. Thank Him for waking you up in the morning and helping you sleep at night.

Soon, you will begin to wonder why you need be sorrowful. Begin to exude a new confidence and ponder over new ideas and previously unexplored territories . You are healed when you come to the conclusion that perhaps it was a good thing to be able to move on to something different and discover new and uncharted chapters unfolding before you.

The difficulty in a Recession is worsened by the absence of human sympathy, locked access to the avenues you would have wanted and glances that say "No vacancy". However, the error you make is that you are looking down instead of up to Him waiting to help you.

My personal experience is that life probably has an infinite combination of paths, possibilities and avenues and we probably (due to prejudices and biases) can only see and exploit perhaps less than a tenth of the openings waiting for attention. Looking to Christ takes your gaze off the blockers and soon you begin to discern many other things previously unseen. Now as you see with excitement other many alternatives to chose from and have the humility to seek continued guidance from God in travelling these new paths - you are now indeed made whole.

Arise and be healed, in Jesus name. Amen

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