Suffering Produces Perseverance

Thursday, June 28, 2018
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Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (NIV)

I have one stronger fingernail.

Years ago, when I was vacuuming near my heirloom treadle Singer sewing machine, I decided to lift back its heavy cast iron functioning part and vacuum under it. When I finished and was hinging it down into its wooden storage compartment, it slipped out of my hand and suddenly dropped into its place. But as the metal part passed the edge of the wood, it cut off a small piece of the end of my left pointer finger, practically down to the bone. I looked in the wooden compartment for the piece of flesh. Sure enough, there it was! I grabbed tissues for the wounded finger. Then, in a clean sheet of waxed paper, I wrapped the piece, dropped it into a clean jar, and added a frozen wiener. (I had just cleaned my refrigerator and had thrown out my old ice cubes.)

With the bundle of tissues held tight on my finger, I phoned my neighbour. "Can you drive me to the hospital?" A brief questioning, and "All right." But she arrived with another neighbour, for she felt that she needed support.

The doctor stitched the piece back on and gave me hope that the finger would be all right there inside a bandage the size of a large apple, reined back to my wrist. The finger was very painful and healed slowly, but very well — and I'm thankful to God. Its fingernail is the strongest one that I have.

Adversities can strengthen us, physically and spiritually. "Tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope" (Romans 5:3b-4 KJV).

My tribulation was minor compared, for instance, with what many persons suffered through infections before the era of modern medications, and compared with what many have suffered through wars, insane acts of mass murder, and a vehicle run onto a pedestrian sidewalk recently.

Still, our hope is in the Lord who made heaven and earth, who loves us with an everlasting love and says, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV).

Yes, rest in faith in Jesus, who has given His life for the propitiation of all of our sins, who hears all our prayers, and freely gives heaven for our eternal home.

Prayer: Lord, You have promised that if we call on You, You will show us great and unsearchable things. Lord, You have arisen out of immense adversity Yourself to reign as eternal God for us. Remind us to bring all adversities to You for Your care, for You heal everything from cuts to broken hearts. Amen.

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Isabel Allison
Roland, Manitoba, Canada

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good reminder, Isabel.

    Thanks for an encouraging word today Isabel.

    I’m glad to hear that the doctor was able to save your finger. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you, Isabel, for sharing this traumatic experience with us and the lesson learned through it. Yes, perseverance comes through God’s grace as we experience His Presence in our trials. Blessings.

    Thank you Isabel for this devotional. I could picture this happening and so happy for you the doctor was able to restore your finger. I am also thankful that our Lord can restore in so many ways.
    God bless.

    What you shared in today’s devotional was very much what I needed to hear. Thank you for being obedient to the Holy Spirit by writing it down. May God bless you for reminding us of why we go through adversity.

    Good morning, Isabel. Thanks for your message today. Glad that your finger was saved. We don’t like to suffer but as you say suffering can strengthen us. Thanks be to God for the hope He has given us when we put our trust in Him. Blessings.

    Dear Isabel:
    Beautifully said! I am so happy to hear your finger healed so well. God is truly remarkable in how He has gifted doctors.
    My mother used a Singer treadle for all her sewing.
    God bless you.

    Thank you for this morning’s great devotional. The Lord was truly guiding your actions following your injury to have such foresight of what to do in securing the piece of amputated tissue. Yes, the Lord is truly
    always there to help us through every circumstance.

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