That came to mind again because Ann got a letter recently from Ransomed Heart, John Eldridge's organization, and in it he wrote about a disappointing situation he found himself in and how it raised questions about whether God really cared about him. As he was praying it through, here's the message he heard from God: Every joy is deeply opposed. Then he writes:
"Wait. What? It is? Really? Every joy is deeply opposed? That changes my perspective on everything. I mean, if that's true, then You are doing so much, for all the joy we do receive. And we are being so naive when we when we see joy as something that ought to come pretty easily. Like it's not really central to what's going on. Not a major point but a kind of sideshow, so it shouldn't be so hard. But then it is hard, and it doesn't happen, and that raises all sorts of questions, especially about...God."
"Think about it friends--what are the assumptions you are making about joy, and unanswered prayer, and God's heart toward you? Do you see joy as central to this Story, absolutely central, and therefore deeply opposed in your life--not by God, but by your enemy? Do you see how disappointment, wrongly interpreted, clouds your relationship with God? Lets in a sense of betrayal? Do you see how believing otherwise would change so much of your perspective? Dear friends, joy is central and joy is opposed."
I think we forget sometimes that we are at war. That there's an opponent who is actively working against us. If we could get our arms around that rea