Jesus Is the Secret to Joy

Donna Dobbs | December 7, 2016


Joy. Who doesn’t want it?  

We live in a world of criticism, negativity, suffering, trials, and pain. We’re “afflicted . . . perplexed . . . persecuted . . . and struck down” (2 Cor. 4:8–9), and our joy can be depleted when the effects of sin on us and our world are so present. The frequent state of Christians is that of groaning, awaiting our final redemption when all sin, sickness, and sorrow are ended. The joy of heaven becomes the yearning of our hearts, so yes, we need the joy Jesus gives here and now.

This is the premise of Jesus Always by Sarah Young, author of the enormously popular Jesus Calling. She recounts her journey of impaired health—the pain and the limitations—and shares how she was able to find joy amid suffering. That’s the theme of this second book—the pursuit of joy. Her purpose is to explore “the promises of joy in Scripture—promises of life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy. Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God and written as if Jesus himself is speaking directly to you.”

Speaking for Jesus 

Throughout the text there are italicized words—Scripture—typically followed by paragraphs of instruction or encouragement written in the first person as Jesus. Much has…


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