Looking for and finding a good job can be very daunting in today’s economy for individuals of all walks of life. I recently found myself unemployed and looking for a new job, and I have to share that it was a very difficult and lengthy process. Even though I had a good resume, several academic degrees, and a lot of experience, it took me quite a while to find the great job that I have now. The Lord provided for my every need, though, and the following top 7 Bible verses about finding a job encouraged and sustained me in my search.
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.
Are you currently unemployed and seeking a job? Well, many people are in the same situation as you are and the Bible has many scriptures about this subject.
The first thing you must know is that every job that is available belongs to God. He is really the One who will be giving you the job.
Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”
Sometimes the job that you are looking for may not be the one the Lord has in mind for you. Therefore, you need to remain open minded about all the opportunities that come your way and be prayerful about all offers.
Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
Be sure that whatever job you accept it is one that is legal and honest. If you have questions or suspicions about it then it is probably not a good choice for you.
Proverbs 11:1 “ The LORD detests dishonest scales,but accurate weights find favor with him.”
The Lord’s plan is for you to provide for your family so there should be absolutely no question in your mind that it is His will for you to find employment
1 Timothy 5:8 “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
The Bible also says that if you don’t work you don’t eat. This should be your go to scripture in your prayer time for employment.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”
Here are some other bible verses for job seekers for you to read and meditate on:
Psalm 34:10: The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 75:6: For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
Psalm 113:5,7-8: Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
Phil 4:13,19: I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 6:6–8 ” Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.”
Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.”
Romans 13:8 “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Proverbs 21:20″In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
Psalm 20:4 “May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
Here is a prayer for you based on the scriptures above.
Lord God in heaven I come to you humbly asking you to guide me to employment. This is not hard for you to do because the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. You are Jehovah Jireh the God who provides and I ask you to provide for me by bringing me employment. I am only interested in the place that is honest and trustworthy as I know this would be pleasing to you. Lord I ask you to show me the areas in my life where I may need to confess my sins so that I can bring them before you. I don’t want anything to stand in the way of my answered prayers because I know it is Your will for me to be employed. (Take a few minutes and confess all the sins that come to you mind now) Show me the areas where I need to improve how I handle Your money so that I may honor You by doing so. I pray Lord that when I receive this job, I will tithe to the church or ministry that You will call to my mind the amount which You will put in my heart. Lord I know that You are able to supply my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. I pray that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! I pray that you open the doors and give me the wisdom to know where to start looking. Bring the resources I need to prepare myself for the interviews and favor everywhere I go. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
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Here’s another scripture that we need you to keep in mind as you are going through the process of waiting for God to bring you that job:
Ecclesiastes 11:6 New International Version (NIV)
Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
Keep busy and get yourself out there because you never know what God will use to bring you that employment.
God bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you and give you peace.
Here is a Prayer For God’s Favor
Scriptures about the Favor of God
Prayer of Faith
Bible Verse About Faith
Inspiring Bible Verses
How do you trust God when you’re facing unemployment? Here is a list of encouraging Bible verses for job seekers. Focus on God during this difficult time.
I hope you find courage and hope as you search for new employment. Spend time in prayer and rely on God’s Word. Trust in the Lord because He is faithful and will provide for all your needs.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
2 Corinthians 1:5-7
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
With the God of possibility, have faith that your hearts desire for a profitable job shall be granted.
Post by John Sachem. A youth Pastor and a member of the Yahoo contributor network.
Many of us find ourselves having to make career decisions when we were just considering our retirement options. The economy has always been flux; however, due to our financial connectivity as a global community—we feel the impact in our jobs. We can panic like those in the world or we can trust in our heavenly Father’s provision. The following acronym D-E-C-I-S-I-O-N brings 8 Bible verses to help with making your next career move:
- 1 D – Do our best at what we are responsible for currently
- 2 E – Enter into more quiet time with God
- 3 C – Cease anxious thoughts about our future
- 4 I – Inquire about opportunities that God opens up for us
- 5 S – Seek advice from those who are in the field we are drawn towards
- 6 I – Ignore the temptation to make money the most important goal
- 7 O – Organize your life in preparation for change
- 8 N – Navigate yourself towards your God-given calling and purpose in any field of work
- 9 Deciding God’s Plan over our Plans
D – Do our best at what we are responsible for currently
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
Some people give their least amount of effort when they think a career change is coming. However, for the people of God—we should always give our best efforts even when working for and/or with difficult people. Ultimately our eyes are on our heavenly Boss for true rewards and His eyes are on us watching our quality of work.
E – Enter into more quiet time with God
“My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises” (Psalm 119:148).
When it’s time to make a career decision, our confidence is much greater if we’ve taken more time in prayer and meditation. The Spirit of God will give clarity and direction for our next move. We will post for jobs, show up for interviews, and give our best presentation when we sense the Lord’s insight.
C – Cease anxious thoughts about our future
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
Many times a career decision just doesn’t affect us—but our earthly and spiritual family. A significant change in income can bring resistance from within and without. In this fertile time of uncertainty Satan will most likely throw the darts of fear and doubt at our minds. This is when our knowledge and application of God’s word is most necessary.
I – Inquire about opportunities that God opens up for us
“What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open” (Revelation 3:7).
The Lord may open up numerous opportunities for us to inquire about—even though many of them won’t work out. Many times there’s purpose in the plan that we don’t always know nor understand. Yet if we are willing to trust in God with all our hearts, He will direct us down the right paths in His perfect timing.
S – Seek advice from those who are in the field we are drawn towards
“Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance” (Proverbs 20:18).
It’s important for us to gain insight and wisdom from a variety of mentors especially those who have experience in the areas we have a strong interest. Their experiences may differ from ours, but there’s still fruit to glean from their journey. As we ask probing questions and seek advice on our concerns, we will grow closer to knowing where we want to be or where we want to avoid.
I – Ignore the temptation to make money the most important goal
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
Most of us ask the question about money first before we consider other aspects of the career decision. While it’s important to care for our families and for our needs, we must be careful concerning the lure of financial gain and/or promises. An increased income solves many problems, but it can potentially bring on new ones that we aren’t prepared to deal with at the present time.
O – Organize your life in preparation for change
“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house” (Proverbs 24:27).
When we know a career decision must come soon, we can begin to rearrange our budget, housing plans, or new purchases. By wisely considering our lifestyle and making changes before the actual career decision, we position ourselves to survive leaner days. Many times we can make minor decisions now that will bless us in the future.
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).
Every one of us has a God-given calling and purpose to fulfill before we leave this earth. What a shame it would be to spend most of our lives doing a job that doesn’t utilize our gifts at all? We must seek God’s confirmation of our gifts and lean on the Holy Spirit to direct us in the application of our spiritual gifts in our careers.
Deciding God’s Plan over our Plans
Making a career decision can be overwhelming without the Lord’s guidance. It could be a part-time job or a full time career—the most important first step must be prayer to God. He may allow periods of unemployment to gather us closer to Him. Our responsibility lies in our willingness to trust in Him and diligently follow the paths He lays before us.
Take a look at this article for more help with making decisions: 7 Step Biblical Decision Making Process
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