Below is an extract from a longer comic strip all about a man’s journey through unemployment. It is a very poignant look at what it’s like for those people who are out of work. Guaranteed to move you and help you to have some insight into the pain of unemployment. Relevant as so many people in our churches (and outside them of course) are struggling in the current climate.
The full comic strip can be read here: http://imgur.com/a/mTWpc
It might be tempting to quote the popular verse from Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘for I know the plans I have for you…’ to someone in this position. However, I’m going to court controversy here and say that if I were unemployed, I wouldn’t be particularly encouraged by a bouncy Christian sharing that verse with me. In addition, although it is a good encouraging verse, it’s original context is quite different (the letter is to God’s people in a foreign land, telling them that they’re going to stay there for years before going back ‘home’ to Jerusalem – not particularly cheery!) So, a Bible passage for this situation? How about this:
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the LORD has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone.
(Lamentations 3:19-33, New International Version, ©2011)