How is it Possible to Find Joy While Suffering?

joy-sufferBeing told we can find joy in suffering may sound callous, but Deni shares why it really is possible.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'” (Matthew 19:26).

Life doesn’t always seem to play “fair.”

I’ve been told many times I should write a book about our family and all we have gone through. Serious illnesses, experiencing the murder of a daughter and an unborn child. Car accidents, deaths, hospitalizations. It goes on and on and on.

Many of you know that I am now battling cancer as well, as my late husband did only a few short years ago.

Fair?

Maybe not.

I used to pray for healing. I thought at some point I’d be “all better.”

I still believe that can happen–but it is in God’s hands.

I pray differently now.

I found, tucked away in the book of Colossians, a verse–actually a phrase–that has become a daily prayer.

The verse?

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1: 11-13).

The phrase?

“For all endurance and patience with joy.”

Yes, I’d love healing, but as that hasn’t happened, I pray for His strength and power so I can endure patiently–and with joy.

It’s not easy.

I’m not even going to pretend that it is.

But, I know that with God’s strength and with His power, it is possible.

Chronic illness plays no favorites. It doesn’t care who you were or what you did or how important you felt your previous life was. Truth be told . . . we can lose much.

But . . . and this is the important part, beloved readers, God has given us His power and His strength and the ability to patiently endure the unendurable . . . not with resignation . . .but with joy.

And with God, if we truly believe, all things are possible.

Even joy in the midst of suffering.

Prayer: Father God, How challenging this life can be.We face sorrows and pains and losses and sufferings we may have never imagined. But, in the midst of it all, You hold out Your mighty hand and off us strength and power we never imagined either. Above all? You offer us hope. Amen and amen.

About the author:
Deni believes that the only true way to deal with physical and emotional pain is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A psychologist by profession, disability forced her into an early retirement from a field she loved. She shares insights she has gleaned from her many physical challenges, as well from as dealing with the emotional challenge of the brutal deal of her adult daughter in 2005 and the loss of her mother, brother, and husband in 2013. It is her fondest prayers that some of the lessons she has faced might be helpful to you as you walk this path, encouraging you to replace feelings of discouragement, hopelessness and helplessness with those of encouragement, hope, and ultimately, joy. Her website is http://todaysencouragingwordonline.com .

Do you get frustrated, even angry, that God hasn’t answered your prayers for healing? Have you considered that joy is possible, even as we suffer? What gems can you find hidden in God’s word that can bring you hope in the midst of pain?

This is Matt Papa singing a beautiful song, “Amen.” The lyrics explain how we struggle through understanding the reason for the pain we and others experience. We wish we could find relief and wonder why God doesn’t always provide it, Yet we know He is good and we know He loves us, so we can surrender over to His will by saying “Amen.” Hoping it blesses you today. I am adding this one to my playlist. -Lisa

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