Three Things To Not Do When Times Are Hard

It is when we’ve met with one closed door after another that we develop resilience. And it is when our best efforts have seemingly failed us that we grow in our reliance on God. These things go a long way and they will serve you far better than simply having a job! So as you brave the uncertainties of this season, let me  encourage you with three things you could do.


 1. Don’t become self-absorbed

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In times of difficulty, we tend to become self-focused and put our needs before the needs of others. But we must make it our priority to continue blessing others! It can be as simple as dropping a text or praying for someone who is in the same situation as you. It can even be helping a friend with their interview preparation.

As we do do so, not only will our focus be taken off ourselves, our spirits will also be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).


 2. Don’t lean on your own understanding

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6
"God’s ways are higher than our ways."
Isaiah 55:8-9
In a nutshell, there’s no need to have it all figured out. Our job is to trust in God with all our hearts, and He will make our paths straight! Think on what it means to put His Kingdom and His righteousness first in this season.
 The promise is that God will add to you everything that you need (Matthew 6:33)!


 3. Don’t let your hands be idle

Don't let your hands be idle

There are many things you can do with the time that you have on your hands. Here are just a few examples.

-Taking up a social cause
-Picking up a new skill
-Taking on part-time jobs
-Freelance assignments
You never know if an opportunity might arise through one of these things. And in any case, these activities can be included in your resume and cover letter as well! It’s not your fault that the job market is bad at the point of your graduation, but what you do about it is what recruiters and hiring managers want to know!

God alone can provide the grace that you need to navigate the challenges that are ahead of you – ask Him for that grace.

 Do you dare trust that He will come through for you even when it seems that the odds are stacked against you?


I will repay you for all that the locusts had eaten! God's promise to you!

Consider the words of God in Joel 2:25-27: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten – the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm – my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are satisfied, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.”
God can restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten and more.

This challenge will not go on forever, and in time to come, you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied.

 So be encouraged. Don’t give up, for the door will soon be opened to you!



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August 19, 2020 — The Commandment Co