Help Wanted

Read: Psalm 56

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (v. 3)

“Help Wanted” signs seem to be everywhere I look these days, and with good reason. According to an August 19, 2022, article published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at that time there were more than 10 million job openings, but only around 6 million unemployed workers. The reasons for the labor shortage are many—loss of work during the pandemic, childcare costs or similar family expenses, early retirements, or new entrepreneurial pursuits. With numbers like those, it unfortunately appears that employers will be keeping signs posted for some time to come.

An overarching theme in the psalms of David is a fervent and often emotional cry for help. In Psalm 56, David asks for God’s grace as he is trampled by men, is the subject of evil intentions, and is being stalked by his adversaries. But David doesn’t just ask for assistance, he also celebrates the power and promise of God in his life. He knows his source of help is capable in every way: “This I know, that God is for me” (v. 9).

Whether you are in a season of needing a few more reliable employees, an extra measure of grace for the current trials of life, or the assurance that you are not enduring hardship alone, remember that God is for you, just as he was for David, and just as his Word says! —Joy Petroelje

As you pray, ask God to remind you that he is with you, in times of plenty and of need.

About the Author

Joy Petroelje

Joy Petroelje is the director of a nonprofit human services organization. She and her husband Steve have three sons and live near Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to family time and her work in nonprofit administration, Joy enjoys reading, writing, and running.

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Spiritual Endurance