When faced with the challenges of finding work, it’s easy to feel that it’s just you on your own up against the world. The bible tell us that we don’t have to struggle on our own, but that when we speak God’s word over our lives – our work situation, then He fights our battles on our behalf.
2 Chronicles 20:15 …for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Jeremiah 1:12 … for I watch over my word to perform it.
In this blog I list many scriptures that fall under the following seven titles. Importantly they hold valuable promises from God regarding key areas for our career development and calling:
- Guiding hand of God – You will need God’s guiding hand to find work.
- Revelation – You will need revelation to find work. Rely on God’s, not your own!
- Desires of your heart – Don’t settle for any old job, God’s advice to is follow your desires.
- God’s Plans for your future – To find the right work, you will need to embrace God’s plans for your future.
- Strength – God’s not your own! You will need strength to find work.Rely on God’s, not your own!
- Growth as a Christian – To move into our next job, God sometimes wants us to first grow as Christians.
- Hunger for God – In your search for work, God wants you to develop a hunger for Him and His things in your life.
Our job is to speak God’s word over our job situation – step out in faith – and watch situations turn around.
The seven sections below hold God’s promises regarding key areas for your career development and calling
1) Guiding hand of God
- You will need God’s guiding hand to find work.
Deuteronomy 8: 2-5 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Deut 2: 1-2 For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir. Then the Lord said to me; “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north”
Psalm 25: 4-5 Show me your ways O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in your all day long.
John 10: 26 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Proverbs 16:9 ….a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path
Proverbs 3: 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
Listen for God’s voice…He’s the one who will keep you on track (The Message)
1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift (promote) you up in due time.
Revelation 3:7 The doors that I open no one can shut, and the doors I close no one can open.
Psalm 37: 23 If the Lord delights in a man’s way He makes his steps firm
Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and light for my path
Psalm 25: 12 Who is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him
Psalm 25: 4 Show me your ways, O Lord teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me
Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps
Prov 12:15 The way of the fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice
Psalm 25: 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.
Matt 15: 28 – 29 “Lord, if it’s you” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus.
- You will need revelation to find work. Rely on God’s, not your own!
Deut 29: 29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children for ever…
Matt 13: 9-13 He (Jesus) replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
Eph 1: 17 – 18 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you….
Rev 1: 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show His servants what must soon take place.
John 15: 14 – 15 You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Isaiah 30: 21 Your ears will hear a voice behind you saying “This is the way; walk in it”
Habakkuk 2:3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; It speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
3) Desires of your heart
- Don’t settle for any old job, God’s advice to is follow your desires.
Psalm 63: 4 -5 I will praise you as long as I live, in your name lift up my hands All my longings fulfilled as with the richest of foods..
Psalm 63: 5 All my desires satisfied as with the richest of food.
Psalm 37: 4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Matt: 25: 23 ..I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!
Psalm 103: 5 Who satisfies your desires with good things.
4) God’s Plans for your future
- To find the right work, you will need to embrace God’s plans for your future.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Psalm 139: 3 You discern my going out and my lying down. You are familiar with all my ways, Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely O Lord!
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
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.
Isaiah 43:19 – 20 This is what the Lord says –he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland
1 Cor 2: 9-10 No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him – but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.
Jeremiah 1: 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations
Psalm 139: 16 All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Jeremiah 29: 11 – 14 “For I know the plans that I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prospers you and not to harm you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you” declares the Lord.
Psalm 138: 8 The Lord will fulfil His purpose for me.
5) Strength – God’s not your own!
- You will need strength to find work.Rely on God’s, not your own!
Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.
Matt 11: 28-29 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….
Psalm 51: 10–12 Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me… Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
2 Cor 12: 9 My (God’s) power is made perfect in weakness.
Psalm 63: 6 – 8 On my bed when I think of you I muse on you in the watches of the night, For you have always been my help. In the shadow of your wings I rejoice My heart clings to you, your right hand supports me.
Isaiah 40: 12 – 14 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, or with the breadth of His hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and hills in a balance? Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed Him as His counsellor? Whom did the Lord consult of enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way?
Numbers 6:22 The Lord said to Moses. “Tell Aaron and his sons. This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace. So they will put my name on the Israelites and I will bless them.”
Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you..
Isaiah 55:8 My ways are not your ways.
2 Peter 1: 3 TM Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us. TM
Heb 13: 20 – 21 May the God of Peace….. equip you with everything good for doing His will and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him.
1Thess 2:13 The Word of God…which is at work in you who believe.
Phil 2: 13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.
Job 6: 25 How forcible are right words. (NKJ)
6) Growth as a Christian
- To move into our next job, God sometimes wants us to first grow as Christians.
Phil 3: 15 All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you thing differently that too God will make clear to you.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
1 Peter 1: 6-7 These trials have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Job 23: 10 But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold!
Psalm 131:2 But I have stilled and quietened my soul, like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God…
Phil 3: 14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 12: 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith
Ephesians 4: 22-24 You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Romans 5: 3-4 because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…
1 Corinthians 10: 6 And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear….He will also provide a way out.
Psalm 37: 5-7 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways.
7) Hunger for God
- In your search for work, God wants you to develop a hunger for Him and His things in your life.
Psalm 123: 1- 2 I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in Heaven. As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy.
Psalm 84: 1- 4,10 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God….
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Psalm 24: 5-6 He (you) will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his (your) Saviour. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
Jeremiah 29: 13-14 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart. I will be found by you declares the Lord.
Psalm 34: 4-5 I sought the Lord, and He answered me. He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Psalm 73: 25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.
Psalm 27: 8 My heart says of you “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Psalm 63: 1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.