11 Passages to Read When You Lose Your Job

This article is part of the Passages to Read series.

1. Psalm 112:4–7

Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
      he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
      who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
      he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
      his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.

2. Matthew 6:25–34

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

3. Philippians 4:4–7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

4. Job 1:20–21

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

5. Ecclesiastes 12:13–14

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

6. Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
      From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
      who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
      he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
      will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper;
      the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
      nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil;
      he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
      your going out and your coming in
      from this time forth and forevermore.

7. Matthew 11:28–30

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

8. Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you;
      be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

9. Habakkuk 3:17–19

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
      nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
      and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
      and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
      I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
      he makes my feet like the deer’s;
      he makes me tread on my high places.

10. Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
      He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
      He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
      your rod and your staff,
      they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
      my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD

11. Isaiah 43:1–2

But now thus says the LORD,
      he who created you, O Jacob,
      he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
      I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
      and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
      and the flame shall not consume you.”

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