We all experience disappointments for different reasons. In itself, feeling disappointed is not a sin. How we handle it is the crucial issue.
How should the believer in Christ face these disappointments, especially that of someone who just lost his or her job?
• Understand God’s Nature
As a child of God, it is imperative to understand the nature of our father. So that we won’t fall into deception of the enemy through ignorance.
God is love and His actions towards us no matter how inconvenient it seems to our flesh, is metered out of this nature — Love. (1 John 4:8)
In life and in our journey as believers, we won’t always get what we want; even if we think that’s the best for us. Why, because what we want at a particular time may not be in alignment to God’s plans for us at that season of our lives and growth. We should know that our father loves us enough to deny us things that won’t help us mature rightly.
We need to understand that living in God’s will is our ultimate goal; hence every blessings and discomforts that comes our way while pursuing that is shaping us in achieving it.
The loss of a job can cause a depression if not managed in the light of God’s word.
God’s ways are different from ours. We can never understand it on our own except we are enlightened by His Spirit.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” [ Isaiah 55:8-9]
• Belive that God has a purpose for the disappointment.
For every experience that comes our way, there is a purpose God wants to achieve through it. This is what He says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”
While we are seeing the loss of job as a disaster, leaving us in a state of financial instability but it may be a way of God calling us to a higher revelation of our life’s purpose. Perhaps, the job is so demanding that we have no life outside it. All you do is revolved around it. Therefore God has to step in, which is otherwise known as Divine Interruption.
Remember, the plans of God for your life is of peace and to give you a secured future. (Jeremiah 29:11). Instead of doubting His love for you, let thus truth guide you to believing He has the best in heart for you.
• Pray for Discernment
The solution to the loss of your job is not to start looking for another job but to go to your Father in prayers to seek His face on the next step to take.
Perhaps He has made you face that disappointment to save you from a future disaster unknown to you. It may be to make you discover your own potentials and start exploring it in a profitable way.
God’s ways are higher than what our finite minds could comprehend, therefore it’s imperative to know the mind of God’s regards what to do next so as not to keep going about a circle.
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” [Jeremiah 29:13]
• Align yourself to God’s plan for you
It is one thing to pray, it is another thing to take the step of obedience in yielding to God’s ways.
While in the place of prayers, God may be impressing a thought, idea or burden on your heart. It may not really be about a new job or even related to starting a business but it may be the pointer you need to get you started on the path He has laid out for you.
It may be an unfamiliar path but trust that God would never lead you astray and He always knows the best for you. He has your name on His palms, he is your Potter; while you are clay in His hands.
And the earlier you align yourself to the processes He’s taking you through better.
Remember that our utmost priority is to live in His will.
Will you surrender yourself to Him today?