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What if I choose wrong in the job hunt?

Luk Ching // January 27, 2021, 6:04 pm

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Many of us enter a state of limbo after graduation. Suddenly, there are no more instructions on what we have to do or where we have to be at a certain time.

In the past, timetables could look like dreadful long Wednesdays or impossible 8 am Mondays – but at least it gave shape to what the next few months would look like.

There’s a kind of certainty that is snatched away upon leaving school. Suddenly the future takes on a shapeless form with no overarching plan or structure. We have a scary amount of freedom on our hands to make the plans ourselves.

And then there’s the the job hunt. It’s more than just administrative tasks of sending out emails. It is a path into the unknown, and therefore a real test of how well you know God’s voice in the dark.

What is God telling me to do? How do I know if this is what He wants me to do?

WHAT IF I GET IT WRONG?

Many may be faced with the anxiety of making the “wrong” steps, or hearing God wrongly. We are desperate to know God’s will for our futures so we do not make decisions we will regret.

The Bible however tells us very little about seeking God’s will for our futures, and a lot on His will for us today. Jesus actually tells us not to think about the future, but focus on each day (Matthew 6:34).

At this point, some may get frustrated and throw Scripture away.

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What most do not realise is that the key to knowing God’s will for our futures is to seek Him in the present. But it requires us to seek God in His entirety, rather than just the answers He provides.

If one is seeking God in His entirety and walking closely with God, there is no way they can go down the wrong routes.

Seeking God fully looks like the daily grind of reading and meditating on Scripture, even if the passage may be unrelated to our burning questions about the future.

Seek God in His entirety, rather than just the answers He provides.

It looks like letting God speak to you in all areas of your life, not just on your job hunt, but especially the parts that you tend to hide from Him.

It looks like still striving to love God and your neighbour in the small things every day, because fulfilling the plans He has for you today is just as important as fulfilling the one in the future.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Seeking Him in His entirety will not only lead us to the future He has planned, but to a future with a richer, more prominent presence of God.

Though the process of deciding on our jobs is undoubtedly significant, we tend to amplify it as if this would determine the next decade or so of our lives.

We don’t realise yet, that God could move people around as He pleases. We invest all this effort into this one decision without realising that our lives are seasonal.

So many people have entered a job thinking they would stay for many years, only to end up somewhere completely different, whether a different job, country or back at home caring for their family.

This is not to say we can be flippant with our job hunt, instead we ought to relax on making the “perfect” decision for He is in perfect control.

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If there’s anything the job hunt has taught me, it is about how easy it can be to make work your idol without realising it.

We want to secure a good job quickly, so we don’t have to feel deflated every time a well-intentioned loved one asks if we have gotten a job yet.

Or maybe we feel like there’s something wrong with us because we did not hear back from that one employer we liked, or from any employers at all.

We want the job hunt to end so that our employment can affirm us that we are valuable! We want to proudly share this with people so they can finally applaud us.

As we seek God daily, He will tell us the steps to take and direct us to the place He intends for us to go to.

But more than anything, God wants to use this time to further cement our worth in Jesus Christ. Christ died for us, and it is His love that redeems us – not our accolades or employability.

He teaches us to believe that regardless of the rejections and the long waits for callbacks that may or may not come, our worth in Him remains.

We do not have to scramble for validation from employers and the world when we have this gift of salvation.

Upon graduating, the path ahead can look terrifying lonely. But Isaiah 30:21 tells us that “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.””

It is a moving promise that as we seek God daily, He will tell us the steps to take and direct us to the place He intends for us to go to.

THINK + TALK

  1. How do you make big decisions in your life?
  2. What does the Bible say about making good choices?
  3. Meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6. Commit your life to God once again.