Here’s an excerpt from the revision of my 1994 book published by Broadman/Holman Publishers. The book is a devotional guide for those seeking work. The idea is to provide some real help for unemployed men and women while at the same time directing their hearts to where real hope is found. The new book has been totally reworked and updated. It now includes internet search resources and books in print resources. I’ve met my deadlines and the book should be out by the end of May.
Practice the Art of Remaining
Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
But the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
Proverbs 11:19, 21 (ESV)
Sometimes it is easy to doubt that there is any profit in righteousness. It is easy to feel trapped. You know of men and women laid off from their jobs who have already been re-employed. You also know that they lied about the experience and training they had. It seems so unfair. Everyone isn’t playing the game by the same rules.
The righteous man or woman attains life. Appearances can be deceiving. Keep your integrity in front of you. Practice the art of remaining holy before the Lord of glory who calls you to Himself and will yet provide for your needs.
Lord of glory, help me to conquer every thought that threatens my peace. You’re the One that is in control, not me. Help me to trust in You. I want my children to be proud of me. I want them to be delivered into a life of trusting You. Make me a good example. Help me to be steadfast in righteousness as I seek a new job today.
Read Psalm 73 today. Notice how the perspective of the psalmist changes at verse 17. In your own words, summarize on a 3 x 5 card what the writer concluded. Carry it with you today as a reminder of the perspective which conquers doubt, depression, and despair.