Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance

I’m always amazed by how God often provides the teachings you need before you need them.This blog post connects many things that have happened the last four months of 2017 with what I have learned through Bible Study and from two sermons our pastor preached. This will be a long two-post blog series full of many difficult things, but in the end, and intermingled through it all, is peace that only God could provide.

As you know–if you follow my blog–I got married on September 2, 2017. After our honeymoon, I started a Bible Study through the book of Romans with BSF International on a virtual group since there isn’t a physical class in, or near, the town I live in now. A lot of what Romans talks about is suffering or tribulation. One of my favorite passages in Romans, although also hard to put into practice, is Romans 5:1-5:

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (NASB, emphasis mine)

On November 10th, this happened:

We were super excited and couldn’t wait to tell our family and a few close friends. We decided to wait until after we reached 12 weeks to tell anyone else, though. Last week, on December 28th, we got confirmation that I had miscarried sometime earlier in the pregnancy. We are still heartbroken, but God had helped to prepare us for this news with a sermon from Pastor Steve and then on New Year’s Eve, he preached another sermon that helped me immensely. I am still grieving. I hurt. I won’t know if the baby was a boy or a girl. I never got to meet him or her. I never got to see him or her on an ultrasound or hear the heartbeat. I am a little too focused on doing anything to distract me from thinking about our baby.

But through it all, I have a peace I can’t explain. One that has to come from God. He knew this would happen and He knew why it had to happen. And He helped me prepare to have this peace by using Pastor’s sermon about peace that he preached on December 17th about the Prince of Peace. Don’t worry, I won’t transcribe the whole sermon, but I do want to share a few of the most impactful points with you.

The sermon was based on John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

We Need Peace

  • Because of the tribulations of the world. John 16:33 says, “in the world you will have tribulation.”
  • There are two kinds of peace: 1. Peace with God, 2. Peace of God. The peace of God flows from the peace with God. We cannot of the peace of God without being at peace with Him.
  • Super important point alert! “The power behind you (God) is greater than the problem before you.” No matter what lies ahead, God is behind you, helping you the whole way through it.

Jesus Gives Peace

  • His peace is a gift to us – a legacy. He says that He gives it to us twice in John 14:27! (see above)
  • His peaces is different than the world’s peace. It is internal rather than the lack of war.
  • His peace is delivered through His Spirit. The Spirit will guide people into all truth (John 14:26, 16:13). Faith in God’s word–given by the Holy Spirit–produces peace.

These truths sank in as few sermons have in the past. So much so, that Bill and I have decided to name our baby Peace. No matter what we go through, God’s peace is with us. And now, no matter how many children we may or may not have, our baby Peace will always be remembered and also serve as a reminder that God gives us His peace.

Tomorrow, I will share the second sermon with you along with my goals for 2018.

44 thoughts on “Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance

  1. Thank you for sharing your heart, Faith. My heart aches for you and Bill, however I’m thankful to Jesus for the comfort He brings, and the guidance He has provided through His Word and His people. What a lovely name for your child, Peace. May God bring an extra measure of Peace to your hearts today.

  2. Raechel says:

    Wow. Thank you for sharing your heart, Faith. I’m so sorry for this pain you’ve had to endure. I’m so glad God has given you peace even in the struggle. Praying for you and Bill. ❤

  3. Faith, I am so sorry to hear this news. But I’m glad to know that God has given you peace. I’ll be praying for you!

  4. Sarah Holman says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, and I praise God for the comfort He gives. I’ve had a couple of friends who have lost babies this year and my sister wrote this for them: http://ordinarygirlextraordinaryfather.blogspot.com/2017/11/arms-are-waiting.html

  5. Rebekah A. Morris says:

    So sorry to hear about this, Faith! But God is the God of Peace. What a precious name for your little one! I’ll be praying for you.

  6. Onisha Ellis says:

    My heart grieves for you, yet I am giving thanks for God’s infinite love that sees our needs and meets them before we know we have the need. May you and your husband feel sheltered in His arms as you rest in Him.

  7. mimionlife says:

    Praying for you and your husband

  8. Karen Fellman says:

    Oh Faith, I am so sorry. I ,too, lost a baby, and it was a difficult and lonely grieving process. I am so glad that you have felt God encouraging you. You are not alone. And what a great name for your precious little one!!!!

  9. Janet says:

    Thank you for sharing Faith. Know I am praying for both of you.

  10. sallycootie says:

    Faith, I am so sorry. Sending prayers for you and your husband. We take comfort in knowing God has a plan and is always there for us, but hard times are still hard. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Heather Culler says:

    Oh Faith, I am so sorry.
    My heart goes out to you and your husband. May the Lord keep you in perfect peace. Keep your eyes on him.

    Much love to you and your husband. We will keep you in our prayers.

  12. Tribulation is always accompanied by comfort from the God of all comfort.

  13. Tarissa says:

    Faith, I’m so sorry for your loss. How humbling grief is to us humans.

    But you’re choosing the right path. May you find all the peace and strength you need as your journey continues, and life begins anew.

    Tarissa
    http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com

  14. Oh, Faith, my heart goes out to you. I have at least six siblings in heaven that I never got to meet – and watching my mother go through those miscarriages was so hard growing up.

    It’s hard, and don’t let anyone try to nullify the grief you feel, but God does give peace and healing. I am praying for you.

  15. Celita says:

    Mine was Hope… God will continue to keep you through every uprising emotion, challenge, ache. He HAS got you. Big hug… ❤

  16. Darlene says:

    Dear Faith,
    Thank you for sharing what you have learned from God as a result of this tribulation. I, too, had a miscarriage after two healthy pregnancies. While I grieved the loss, I, too, trusted God and His sovereignty. He then blessed us with our youngest child a year later. I am truly sorry for your loss but I understand the peace that God has given to you. He is faithful. Looking forward to His future for you.

  17. Kellyn Roth says:

    I just read this for the first time. I’m sorry, but I’m glad that you have chosen to focus on God even though this is so awful. 😦 That’s an incredible testimony.

  18. I just read this for the first time. I’m so sorry, Faith! I know this is a toughie. I’m glad that you have chose to keep your eyes on God even through the sadness. ❤

  19. Marilyn says:

    Sorry about your miscarriage. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
    Marilyn

  20. Marion says:

    Faith I am sorry about your miscarriage. Blessings to you and your husband.
    Marion

  21. Joan says:

    Sorry about your loss. Good thoughts for you and yours.
    Joan

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