When Joy Is Hard to Come By

When Joy Is Hard to Come By

You’re not alone in your struggle for joy.

With remaining sin in our hearts, brokenness in our lives, and fallenness in our world, every Christian experiences seasons where we simply don’t feel the joy. And many of the “greats” in the history of the church have been some of her most downcast and depressed.

The question is not whether we will one day feel the angst of David’s heart, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12), but how soon. Days will stand on end — if not weeks, months, and years — where our joy seems fragile and thin, if we even feel it there at all.

But in those times, is there anything we can do? Besides pray that God restore the joy, is there any more we can say — any steps of hope we can take?

In this four-minute video, pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian gives us somewhere to turn. He acknowledges that there are no simple formulas or silver bullets, but it is immensely helpful to know that the antidote lies not inside ourselves, but upward and outside ourselves in the person and work of Jesus.


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David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor for desiringGod.org, pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and adjunct professor for Bethlehem College & Seminary. He has edited several books, including Finish the Mission, Acting the Miracle, and most recently Cross, and is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.