Jobs, Security & Dependence

My refugee arrival friends are all looking toward finding jobs.  World Relief does a great job getting them started in first time jobs.  As they arrive they are totally dependent on others and God to help them with this process.   Bacumi is such a man.  He arrived from Burundi 3 years ago and worked for a while in a chicken processing plant.  He got sick and was out of work for a long time.  Now he is seeking a job again.

Since I have been without full time work I have been earnestly seeking a job but I have also needed to learn of my dependence upon God for a job.  A friend of mine and I exchanged the e-thread below on facebook about certainty, work and jobs, from which I gained insight.  Whereas up until this exchange, I was praying for God to “give me a job” so that I can have structure and direction for the forseeable future, I now am asking God to teach me how to live in dependence on him.


On a wall at Springhill Camp in MI – “When there is clarity (certainty), there is no room for faith and trust. This life that we are to live, Jesus called a relationship. Within a relationship, there is always mystery.”

  • Vernon Wease When we demand certainty, we are actually expressing doubt.

    17 hours ago ·
  • John > Vernon, I’ve been thinking along these lines as an unemployed. A job provides us structure and a measure of certainty for an ongoing season of time. It is a gift and a blessing to have that.
  • Vernon Wease There is a Psychologist named Jahoda who talks about the benefits we gain from employment. When we are unemployed we are denied these and we are driven to dependence. I believe that the feeling of security is actually false to start with. We always are living on faith in reality.

    10 hours ago ·
  • John McMurphy> Vernon I agree we need to depend in faith, but we are also enjoined to work to eat, so as we fulfil that responsibility, and receive our daily bread we are walking obediently…

    Oh I see it now, all the extra trappings, contracts, benefits…, 40 hr weeks, the employee/employer bond are trappings beyond “the daily bread engagement”.
    I guess I hate to see myself doing short term “gigs” for the rest of my life


About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

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