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“Difficulty Is A Sign Of Blessing” – Being Healed of Illness through the Confession of the Word of God, and Hardly Failed Job Interviews

To those who are troubled with unemployment

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I went to work after I graduated from a junior high school.  I was somewhat aware of myself being mentally weak, but found it hard to work in a society more than I had expected.  I changed part-time jobs every five or six months and ran away from the thing I didn’t like.  About ten years passed without really mentally growing up and I was put in a hard-pressed situation, not finding a job.  Nobody understood weakness of my heart, and my family thought I was no good.  My family was a little odd and had an idea that those who didn’t work shouldn’t eat.  I drew money for food from the saving account, which was soon gone, and I saw the end come. 

My parents blamed me for not working, and they didn’t listen to me.  In such a time, I was supported by the Word of God: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:27,28, 33)

I confessed the word of this scripture every day.  However, my patience was tried, and I cried out to the Lord for hours.  The Lord also spoke to me: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”(Psalm 51:17) 

The following day, I got a phone call from the food factory I previously worked part-time for, saying, “We have a short-term job now. Would you come?”  Off course, I gladly accepted this offer.  Praise the Lord.

Also, I received unexpected grace in that working place.  It was strange, but the Lord touched me through a colleague, and was freed spiritually and mentally.  I was freed from the depression I had suffered from for many years.  I had my constipation relieved, and I got brightened up.  This was not a temporary release, but lasted from that point of time on.

 Afterwards, I hardly failed job interviews, and was able to keep a job.
I had experienced several times that the Lord permitted difficulty before He was going to do a special work.  I have learned that difficulty is a sign of blessing.  The Lord who is faithful and truthful has encouraged me through the word of the Bible and has taught me that His word will be fulfilled just as it is spoken.  He works everything out for our good.  Hallelujah!

Kagayaki Saito in Hakodate Church

God is Love.