Yes, it is possible to have this joyful confidence amidst suffering because we can trust that God works everything out for good, and nothing we are going through is in vain. Nothing can separate us from His love. (Romans 8:28)
Friend, do you wonder if it is possible to have joy in a season of suffering? What kind of joy could this be and how can we cultivate such unconditional joy?
The recent loss of my husband has plunged me into a season of suffering and deep grief. Nothing could bring me joy. Every day I would wake up with a heavy heart, feeling an awful emptiness inside like a crushing weight. One of the questions I keep asking myself all the time is how and where I am supposed to find unconditional joy that can motivate me to live and endure? What does it mean for me to rejoice in the Lord and how can I practice this?
The Source of Joy in a Season of Suffering
Our circumstances and seasons change. Life on earth is marked by experiencing troubles and suffering. No one is immune to suffering. How can we make sure that we don’t lose our joy in a season of suffering?
If we open the pages of the Bible, we will see a lot of examples of people who have learned to rejoice in the Lord despite their hard circumstances like David, Habakkuk, Apostle Paul – just to name a few. The early Church persevered and turned the world upside down despite persecutions, hardship, and severe trials.
They were able to do this because their joy was not tied to a favorable circumstance but to the Lord – the Source of Joy Himself. To have an unconditional joy, not depending on our circumstances. We need to come every day to the Source and make Him our joy, strength, and hope.
By guest post author Hadassah Treu
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