After working for the same company for almost 20 years, we were faced with a frightening dilemma. The owner had died, and in the reshuffle that followed we were left without a Chair. It became apparent that after a short while there would be no employment at all. We had some time to consider our options before the curtain would come down. As a result, we applied ourselves to discerning what the will of the Lord was. A study was commenced to examine, in detail, all the passages we could find which related to the looming crisis. This book is the result of that adventure.

We have endeavoured to keep as intact as possible the passages we have examined, and to catalogue the words we have explored in both the Greek and the Hebrew, allowing the reader a ready reference to “search the scriptures daily, whether these things are so”.

The message of this study is challenging. The concepts presented are revolutionary because they fly in the face of conventional wisdom (cp Isa 55:8-9).

As we embarked on this voyage we were personally challenged by the principles God laid out in His Holy Word. They are extreme. However, while they challenge conventional wisdom, they also provide us with great comfort and assurance that can have a calming effect on our anxieties generated by our daily lives.

This study was a journey of discovery as we navigated through the scriptures. We ask the reader not to abandon ship until you have had an opportunity to hear the whole argument. What is expounded in the first few articles needs to be balanced with the principles explored in later articles. We must take the “whole counsel of God” and not just the parts we agree with.

These principles will not work for those who are not the chosen of God. They are reserved for those who are “called to be saints” (1 Cor 1:2), those who are termed “the elect of God” (Col 3:12), in whose lives the Creator has intervened to actively work. God provides us principles to bring into balance and not laws to execute. The principles will not fit our circumstances exactly. They never do. We have to figure out how to faithfully apply them when weighing up the practical decisions of our lives.

The adapted articles are not designed to pass judgment on any person’s education, career choice, station in life, or personal situation. The work came from honest consideration of the Scriptures relating to the subject. It is the duty of each of us to examine ourselves in light of the biblical arguments presented. What are we doing with our lives and the resources that God has provided? More importantly, where are we going? What are we going to do until our Lord returns?

During the journey over the past few years, from relative comfort to an unknown future, we have discussed the dilemma with many of like precious faith.We learned that many are facing similar situations as the world economy is going through a metamorphosis. Things we took for granted as societal norms are evaporating. These include guarantees of employment following formal education, working in the field we have been trained for, life-long careers at the same workplace, single family incomes, to name a few. Consequently, we decided to make this study available, in the hope that it will benefit others as it has benefited us.

One thing we have found amongst the challenges was a peace that we had not experienced before, even though we supposed we had security. It is “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, and keeps our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ” (Phil 4:7). It is the peace which Christ gives us, a peace that is not attainable in the world ( John 14:27).

Not that those who journeyed with the Lord did not experience stormy circumstances—ask the disciples on the Galilean sea! However, they also experienced the great calm that Christ brings to any storm with a simple command: “Peace, Be Still” (Mark 4:39).

The peace of God is the balm that relieves anxiety. We hope you will find this study challenging, and at the same time liberating, as we stop trusting in ourselves and start trusting in our God—intellectually and practically.