How to respond when you lose your job

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

Shock. Disappointment. Anger. Frustration. These are the emotions that may initially flood our minds and hearts when faced with termination. Our souls and minds are then tormented by the shame, guilt, and embarrassment of explaining what happened as we question our value and worth as a contributor to the common good of the world.

Decisions made by others on our behalf stir our feelings. And our feelings are valid. But they cannot guide us toward truth.

We choose to believe our heavenly father, who assures us that in every circumstance, he is keeping his loving eye on us, giving us the strength to love others and trust him. His watchful eye radiates hope, peace, and comfort and it reflects his plan and purpose for our lives in the midst of painful situations that are disorienting and heartbreaking. As we face the ambiguity of the “now what?” God promises to instruct, teach, and counsel us toward the next steps of our journey.

Prayer: Lord you have promised to give us hope and a future. In the moments when we are blindsided by the agony of uncertainty and disappointment, give us the courage to lean into trusting you deeper. Give us wisdom to filter our emotions through the truth of your Word and to disbelieve the lies of the enemy. Give us strength to persevere through the pain. Give us hope in the uncertainty of this season and help us to respond to your invitation of peace and hope through your enduring grace and patience.

Topics: Christian Life, Current Events, Unemployment

About the Author

Suzie Sang serves as the interim director of ministry operations at New Community Covenant Church in Chicago, Illinois.