A Jobless Labor Day: Encouragement for the Unemployed

All around the United States, many are celebrating Labor Day—a national holiday meant to honor the American worker. More than gatherings, retail sales and a day off from work, Labor Day is about reflecting on the hard work and resilience of the national workforce throughout history.

But for those who are facing the tough reality of unemployment, Labor Day can be a reminder of what’s lacking in their lives. If this is you, there’s hope, even if you don’t currently see light at the end of the tunnel.

Let these answers encourage you or someone you know who is in between jobs or unhappy with current employment.

I’ve been without a job for two years, and finally I’ve just given up. Why doesn’t God do something?
Billy Graham responded, “I urge you not to give in to your discouragement, but to keep looking. … In addition, take your free time as a gift from God, and an opportunity to grow closer to Christ.”
>> See what Billy Graham once recommended to those who’ve been searching for a job for a while.

My husband lost his job a few months ago and it has been very hard on us.
“One of the things that often happens to people who lose their jobs, I’ve discovered, is that they begin to think they must be worthless and no longer of any value,” Billy Graham once told a wife concerned she might be “nagging” her unemployed husband.
>> Read why reminding someone of his or her worth in times like this is important.

I got fired, and I’m mad.
Maybe you can relate. But as Christians, is it acceptable to express anger when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly?
>> Find clarity in this answer for the anger you might be feeling after losing a job.

Would God give me another job if I quit?
“God doesn’t want you to be unhappy, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you ought to quit your job, or that this would be God’s solution to your unhappiness,” Billy Graham once said when someone asked this question.
>> Read all of Mr. Graham’s answer.

Find more wisdom about work and purpose in these resources from our archives.

Feeling hopeless? God loves you and cares about what you’re going through. You can have peace today.

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