Establish a Basis for Hope

Wednesday is for Praying

Job SearchIn 1994, I wrote a simple devotional for those searching for a job. It was published by Broadman & Holman but is now only available in the used book market on Amazon. It was a simple attempt to apply biblical counsel to the need of sustaining hope in the lives of the poor that we were working with in the community. For some time I have been considering reworking the book for a new generation of job seekers. (It’s hard to believe the book is over 20 years old!)

I’m not sure what shape the book will take yet but I thought I would start by periodically reprinting the chapters here on the BLOG and use my internet audience to help give feedback as I work my way through the revisions. The entire book was only 44 pages back in 1994. Short, mostly one page chapters with a very simple format. I am thinking of making the new version about 80 pages. Here’s chapter one:

Establish a Basis for Your Hope

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
.    but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:7

No job loss or job search is simple. Living the Christian life, on the other hand, is really very simple. It is simply learning to live our lives for an audience of One, the Sovereign of the Universe. Learning to live for that all-seeing audience is what the fear of the Lord is all about.

The most important thoughts you have are your thoughts about God. King Solomon knew that, and if you are a Christian you also know it, even if at times you lapse into forgetfulness. Real hope must be centered in the reality of who God is. Reverencing—fearing—God is the beginning of all wisdom. Make up your mind that you are going to live to please God today, no matter what job opportunities come or don’t come your way.

“Lord of hope, I do not want to live a life that despises Your way of wisdom. I don’t want to turn my back on anything You want to teach me. Make me a ‘God-fearer.’ Make me the kind of person who lives out every thought in Your presence. Give me your perspective in my job search.”

Today, I will make it my aim to fear God. I will look for a job with the knowledge that “This is my Father’s world.” He will guide me. I will trust Him.

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