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Joy and Suffering?

Considering what we’ve learned about joy in Christ, is it possible to experience God’s joy even when life throws suffering, pain, sorrow, and heartache your way? God’s Word says it is possible to still have joy during these difficult times.

Why is it so? How can it be?

It is possible because joy depends on plugging into the Source of Joy—Jesus Christ—and it does not depend on your circumstances.

Let me be clear. I am not saying that your suffering is not real. It is very real and painful. I am not trying to make light of your sufferings. I am certainly not trying to make you feel like a weak Christian if you are feeling bad

I am simply trying to point you to Jesus Christ for the comfort, strength, peace, and provision that only He can give!

I’m sure you know that there is a difference between happiness and joy. You can be unhappy because of your circumstances and still have Christian joy and peace. You may not even ‘feel’ like you have that peace and joy, but somewhere, deep down in your soul, it is still there.

It’s still there because it is not man-made, it is a gift from God that nobody can take away from you. True joy goes way deeper than happiness. It is that abiding peace Christians have because they know by faith that they are at peace with God the Father, through Jesus Christ. He is their Redeemer, and nothing will ever destroy Him. If you are in Him, then nothing will ever ultimately destroy you.

Yes, someone or something can take away your earthly life, but nothing can take you away from Jesus Christ and His love and grace that He placed upon you. Wow! What a God of grace and mercy.

There are a couple of passages of Scripture that people often quote when someone is going through a difficult time. To the person going through the trial, these verses might not make much difference right at the time. That is why every Christian should learn these passages while times are good. Then, when the trials and tribulations come, they will already have God’s Word hidden in their hearts, and it will comfort them.

The passages are:

· Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

· James 1:2-4, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Memorize these passages today, if you have not already done so. It’s hard to think about these things when you’re in the middle of turmoil.

Remember what Pastor C. H. Spurgeon said many years ago, “God is too good to be unkind, and He is too wise to be mistaken. When you can’t understand what He is doing in your life, you can still trust His heart toward you.” He loves you, and He will never stop loving you!

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