There is purpose in our misery. It is intentional.
// “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him." -John 9:3 //
I think we all face miseries. In fact, we are promised that life can get tough and to expect it, embrace it, and lean on Him to move through it:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
And I know some of my own miseries are definitely no fun to walk through.
I can imagine for you too.
We live in a fallen world, and that means people can be selfish, they hurt others, we get hurt, we hurt others, they get hurt.
It's no fun.
And without a barometer of Christ as our measuring stick, we don't understand how to properly love others, live sacrificially, turn the other cheek, and serve.
But I also know that my miseries are not for naught. They aren't in vain. In fact, they are the exact things Jesus uses for our testimony.
"They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death." -Revelation 12:11
A part of teaching, testifying, and sharing from the overflow (not just our own wisdom, but from our experience of Jesus redeeming aspects of our life) is to say, "This sucked, but I give it to God. Sometimes I still hurt and can wallow in it, but still He uses it. He redeemed it. And now I can impact others in that same place with a redemptive story of a living God who not only gives me access to eternity with Him, but cares about me in the here and now. I'm used for His purpose instead of my own."
So who will you impact? What story of redemption will you share from your own misery?
And first, have you walked through that misery to the other side to have a testimony to share?