5 Verses to Encourage you during a Job Transition
Searching for a job is intense and can often knock the hope out of your soul. As you journey through a season that can feel lonely and discouraging, take time to let these 5 verses point you to Jesus and reset your mind to dwell on heaven's reality.
#1 Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
When you are in the vulnerable place of looking for a job it’s easy to lose courage and let fear sink in. God is compassionate in all of your anxiety and wants to empower you to take courage and stand strong. His commands are not harsh or insensitive but instead wrapped in love. God does not simply want to provide a job for you. He wants to be with you in the process and give you a strong confidence, hope, and courage. As you wrestle with every door slamming in your face, God is with you. In the loneliness of applying for endless jobs, He stands in the room. His presence doesn’t leave when you receive a rejection email. Just as God promised to be with Israel through their transition from the wilderness to the unknown territory of Canaan, so He will also be with you in your job transition. Take a moment to recognize His nearness. He will supply strength and fill you with unshakeable courage.
#2 Matthew 6:31-34
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
As you search for a job, there is a very real temptation to obsess and stress over earthly things. Remind your soul that you are ultimately a citizen of heaven. You are not an orphan who has to fend for yourself or provide in your own strength. You have a heavenly Father who knows what you need and has every resource and connection. Trust that He knows what you desire, and ask Him to expand your vision from beyond your current circumstance to the purpose He has for your life. A great way to do this is to find ways to serve others in the midst of your transition. It redirects your mind from a narrow focus on your own story to the grand story of God and His eternal Kingdom.
#3 Romans 8:31-32
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
If you are facing repeated dead ends, it is easy to feel like God isn’t for you. Let this verse remind your soul that God is for you. He is on your side and wants to be the One who fights for you and opens doors at the perfect time. Refrain from asking, “Will God provide?” and begin asking Him, “How will you provide, God?” Remain confident that He will bring provision because His character never changes. As you find yourself in a season where God hasn’t provided a job yet, look for Him to provide in a way you’ve never experienced. Remind your soul that you serve a God who owns all the resources and can open any job at just the right time.
#4 Isaiah 40:28-31
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 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.”
The difficulty of your job search is not insignificant or hidden from God. He sees the anxiety and fear, and He wants to supply you with peace and power. In the midst of your exhaustion, God is not weary. He is working behind the scenes for your good. Even though your situation seems hopeless, command your soul to confidently expect and believe that God will faithfully provide. As you place your confidence in the Lord and not in your own experience or connections, God will renew your strength and give you faith to trust Him in the process.
#5 Psalm 145:13-16
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”
When you are in the thick of job searching, it’s easy to tunnel vision on your personal life and forget the Kingdom you belong to. We have a King who can be trusted. He has never failed to fulfill a single promise. God promises to care for His children and give them what they need at the right time. If you aren’t seeing the promise fulfilled it is not because God is procrastinating. He is above our timeline and knows the perfect time to bring provision. Trust Him in the tension of believing for a job yet not seeing it fulfilled.
As you meditate on and think through these verses, may God recenter you on His Kingdom, power, and goodness. God is for you in this season of job transition, and He will not fail to provide for your good and His glory.