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Iíve graduated from a secular college and all of my secular friends have great jobs. Iím jobless. why God isnít blessing me?


I spent four years at a secular college, and I made an effort to be faithful to God while I was there. Now that Iíve graduated, all of my secular friends have great jobs. Iím jobless, in debt, and depressed. I donít understand why God isnít blessing me for my faithfulness.óAnonymous, CA

Shayna Answers:

Dear Anonymous,

Last week we talked about what to do when we don’t feel close to God. We said that we need to remove known sin from our lives, increase our worship time, and spend more time in prayer. Most important, we talked about not allowing our emotions to deceive us into doubting any of God’s promises, such as Romans 8:38, 39 and Proverbs 3:5. This week we’ll talk about controlling our emotions when things aren’t going right for us.

From your question, it sounds like you don’t think your circumstances reflect what you deserve, based on your past actions. Since it may have been really hard for you to be faithful to God at a secular college, it’s normal that you’re feeling entitled to a reward now. But let’s talk about why you can’t compare your situation to your friends’ situations.

By your own admission, your friends aren’t Christians. For this fact alone they are on an entirely different playing field. John 15:19 says that God has chosen Christians “out of the world.” And Matthew 28:19 points out that Christians’ first priority on earth is to witness for God.

God cares more about our witnessing for Him than our bragging about our success. This is why His plans for our lives don’t always propel us into immediate success. Sometimes God puts us at certain places at certain times so we can help save someone for His kingdom.

Here’s something else to think about: before we attain worldly success, we have to spiritually be in the right place. Mark 8:36 explains why: “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”

The test of our faithfulness to God isn’t just about holding it together for His sake at a public school. It’s also about being able to keep believing in Him under the worst circumstances. Remember that Hebrews 12:6 says: “Whom the Lord loves He chastens.”

The stories of Joseph and Job both demonstrate that even when it seems like things are going wrong in our lives, God still has a reason and a plan. King Hezekiah summed it up well when he wrote: “Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish” (Isaiah 38:17, NIV).*

There is always a reason for the trials that God takes us through. Whatever the reason is, Philippians 1:6 promises that God will keep doing the good work He has begun in our lives until the day He returns to earth.

Galatians 6:9 says: “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Your non-Christian friends are probably watching you to see what will happen next in your life. So continue to be faithful! I guarantee that God will not allow Himself be humiliated (see 1 Kings 18:16-39). Remember that God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:9), so don’t lose hope. God is preparing you for something big!

*Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

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