For whatever reason, you’ve lost your job.
You get busy, put together a résumé, apply for jobs. You get responses, interviews, second interviews.
“We’ve gone in a different direction.” “We’ve chosen a different candidate.” It doesn’t matter how nice the rejection letter is, it is still rejection.
You wonder, “I’ve prayed, I have been faithful, what am I doing wrong?”
At some point, you find yourself quoting Psalm 13:1-2 (ESV):
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”
We don’t know specifically what King David was referring to in this Psalm, but we can sure relate in the season after a job loss.
“Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed over him,’ lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken” (Psalm 13:3-4 ESV).
It’s OK to ask the Lord these questions. Part of our human experience is the struggle, questioning God’s timing, especially when we are searching for employment, facing the potential of another rejection. But the Psalmist makes an important turn, one that we should make in the midst of our distress.
“But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13:5-6 ESV).
Yes, in the midst of our anguish, trust in His steadfast love. Rejoice in your salvation. Sing to the Lord. Look to heaven. Look to eternity. Look to the Lord of our salvation. To God be the Glory!
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