Daily Devotional | Your Misery Is Your Ministry

Job 11:16 AKJV
Because you shall forget your misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:

When you suddenly see yourself facing affliction, do you ask yourself, “why me?” But The real question is, why not you?

Let me let you in on a little secret…the affliction you face is not about you, but the God in you being revealed. It has nothing to do with you but everything to do with God and His Glory. Once you get past the pity party, you can fight the good fight of faith. Count it all joy, for it is working a far better work in you and the purpose God has for you. He desires an earthly experience through you. God counted you worthy for the situation you are in. He could have chosen anyone, but he chose you.

“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1: 27-31).

Believe it or not, your misery is your ministry. The issue that has caused you the most pain and difficulty prevails you to destiny. After all the pain becomes gain!

You need a mess to get a message. In order for you to see the hand of God revealed to you like never before, you are going to have a complex situation appear in your life.

In order to be skillful at anything, it is important to know its meaning and purpose. For what you invest you will reap.

God is in the beautiful habit of taking our misery, healing us truly, then giving us empathy and strength to minister to those who endure painful circumstances.  For example, If you had an absent father He will put you in a situation to minister to those in pain for the same reason. If you have a porn addiction He will ask you to tell your story to a group of men. If you are sick then you will be given people in your situation who need comfort and always need Jesus. If you are a single mother, you will minister to other single mothers. This is truly something to be grateful for.

One thing is clear–it’s scriptural to pray for protection and deliverance from trouble. But there are times when God allows us to experience adversity firsthand, so that we can develop a heart of compassion towards those who are suffering. God is a mighty and compassionate God, and He can and will bring good out of even the most daunting circumstances. Having to go through painful and difficult experiences can also help us to pray more effectively for others who are in trouble.

Have a greater depth of love and compassion towards others. Try to relate to their suffering and feel their pain. Be a great source of comfort and joy. Today, I encourage you to ask the Lord to help you see your problems from a heavenly perspective. Pray that God will enable you to believe that He can turn your misery into your ministry. Then you will know firsthand the joy and satisfaction of being able to say with all sincerity–“I understand what you’re going through, and I’m praying for you!”

Scripture of the day: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28 NIV

From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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One Response to Daily Devotional | Your Misery Is Your Ministry

  1. LeRoy Dean says:

    The sandals meet the dust with this one. Thanks for the truth.

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