“For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing” (Deuteronomy 2:7, NASB).
Job search and transition is often a time of intense trial, emotional upheaval, and financial strain that will test your self confidence, faith and the very fabric of your marriage and family relationships. For Christians, it can be compared to the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness. It is a time of radical change and discomfort as you face an uncertain future and deal with the unknown. Life in the wilderness is different. The rules and consequences tend to be more severe. Like the Israelites, you may long for the certainty of Egypt (your old job) even though you were very unhappy there. In the wilderness of job search and unemployment, you face new challenges, obstacles, and tests every day. Will you trust God, walk in faith, refuse to believe Satan’s lies and resist the urge to murmur and complain? Remember, God does not like murmuring and complaining.
Be careful that you do not turn an eleven day journey into a forty year trek! How long you spend in the wilderness depends on your level of trust and dependence on God and how quickly you are able to learn the lessons He intends for you to learn. Use your time in the wilderness to draw closer to God and trust Him to lead you to your “promised land” — your ideal job. Use your time to feast on His Word, to study and meditate on it. Confess His Word over your life. Be still and come before God in prayer and thanksgiving every morning. Embrace the fact that when you work God’s way, it is a form of worship. Ask God to speak to you, to reveal your innate passions and talents so that your work glorifies and honors Him. Seek His will and plans for your life. Trust God with all your heart, soul, and mind to provide for you and lead you to the perfect job that He has ordained for you. Celebrate your freedom in the wilderness. Be joyful for the opportunity to draw closer to God as you trust Him to lead you to your “promised land.”
Lord, thank you for the transitions in our lives. Thank you for opening doors and for closing them. Father, soften my heart and draw me closer to you during this time of challenge. Seal my lips to murmuring and complaining and replace them with songs of joy, thanksgiving and praise. Teach me to be faithful and obedient that I may inherit your promise. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.