I lost my job a few weeks ago, and I can't decide what to do next. My choices are to take a job that's been offered to me (at less pay), or else dip into my savings and take some job training at our local community college. What would you do if you were in my shoes? — W.L.
The first thing I'd do is thank God that I had a choice! Almost every day I receive at least one letter from someone who's lost their job and has little hope of finding another one. We should be praying for all who face these hardships, and also for our leaders during this difficult time.
The most important step you can take is to pray and seek God's will about this decision. God knows all about you; He knows what is best for you and wants to guide you - because He loves you. Do you believe that? It's true - and I know it's true because Jesus Christ was willing to lay down His life for you. If you have never opened your heart and life to Him, I urge you to take that step of commitment today.
How does God guide us as we make decisions like this? Sometimes He gives us an inner conviction that a certain path is the right one. Sometimes He opens a door of opportunity for us, while closing others. He also may use wise friends to help us understand our abilities (and limitations), or help us see where each choice might lead. The Bible also is vital; it tells us how to live and what our goals should be.
The Bible says, "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him. ... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him" (Psalm 37:5, 7). Put your life - and your future - into His hands.