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Exalt in tribulations
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Monday, Jan 28, 2019

Exalt in tribulations

Romans 5:3”…..we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance…”



For the first time in my life, I decided to read the Bible from the beginning, meticulously and not just read a portion of it here and there. This decision I made in the year 1999, when I was in the emergency ward, diagnosed with multiple fibroids in my uterus, five months pregnant, was declared as ‘hopeless and dangerous case’ as per medical terms and we were asked to terminate the pregnancy.  My husband and I firmly refused to abort the child and my husband brought me home in an ambulance and I was carried to the second floor of our apartment in a stretcher. Due to various other pregnancy related complications as well, I was bedridden. The most humiliating experience was not being able to walk to the wash room, but depend on bed pan. How miserable!


As I passionately read the Bible every day, God increased my faith and I took my next giant step of refusing to take medicines and injections ( I am not recommending you to do that, I do take medicines today). My husband found my faith mysterious and incomprehensible, but as I kept confessing my love and faith in Jesus, he allowed me to have my way. One particular morning, filled with faith, I wondered why should I lie in the bed and disturb others when the Word says that “by His stripes I am healed!” I boldly got up from the bed and walked to the wash room. God did a miracle at that time, He replaced my placenta to the original position and I was able to walk. Praise the Lord! I did not receive complete healing, though; if it was just physical healing that I needed, the Healer would have surely granted me that immediately, but God wanted to bless me with something more than that! Oh, how I love the text:”….but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation  produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:4,5) How could one glory in tribulations? Yes, Apostle Paul teaches us to smile and be happy in the midst of our pain, because He would never fail us. He was preparing me for the big picture which only He knew.


God took me through a series of ‘breaking stages’ before I was healed. God broke my self-will and pride. God kept people away from me in order to deal with me. During this trial period in my life, my husband along with me got saved and we accepted Jesus into our life. After the delivery of my child, I walked out of the hospital as a changed person. As a mother of a new-born infant, with nappy changing duties, I started my part-time ministry; I mean, my passion for God was so hot and bubbling that I just couldn’t wait.

Awesome things await for those who persevere till the end! Click HERE to view my family pics, Joshua is now 18 years old young man, studying in second year Bible College.

(The above is an extract from my book, ‘Locked up with God”, please click HERE to download/read.
 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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