To achieve true and lasting joy in this broken world, one must come to know God’s character and hold to the unwavering belief that sorrow and loss do not have the final say, a New York Times best-selling author has said.
We live in a society defined by heartbreak, loss, and hopelessness. But amid this dark reality, Christians have the opportunity to choose love over fear and experience a joy rooted in the hope found in Christ, Stasi Eldredge, author of Defiant Joy, told The Christian Post.
“Every day, you get on Facebook and you watch the news and your heart breaks for what is going on in people’s lives,” she said. “We seem so rooted in hopelessness, and that’s the antithesis of Christianity.”
“Every moment, we are faced with the choice to either be buried by what we see and have that be the canopy under which we live, or to choose to actually obey what we are instructed to in the Word of God: To fix our eyes on Jesus, to choose to ask Him for grace in the face of suffering.”
Eldredge, who is also the director of the women’s ministry at Ransomed Heart and author of Captivating, told CP that choosing joy doesn’t mean denying that pain exists or diminishing the reality of pain and loss. Instead, it means understanding that suffering and joy can coexist.
“Joy isn’t about singing in the garden all day; it’s not even about a feeling,” she explained. “It’s about coming to know God more deeply and understanding His character, goodness, and immeasurable love. Joy is the heartbeat of Heaven. It’s about acknowledging the reality of the world we live in, but understanding that death doesn’t have the final say. It’s a shift of gaze. It’s holding to the deepest reality that God reigns over the universe and that nothing is up for grabs.”
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Source: Christian Post