God is ever about the business of transformation — of bringing life out of death, light out of darkness, joy out of sorrow. Scripture affirms that our suffering will give way to God’s glorious life. The prophet Jeremiah declares God’s word to the exiles: “. . . I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” (Jeremiah 31:13)
Faith, the assurance of things hoped for, enables us to know Christ’s victory and joy no matter how difficult our present circumstances.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: All who live in true joy” by Laura Gentry in the January 2007 issue of Café magazine.