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The Establishing Benefit of Suffering (3 of 5)
Series: Why Does God Allow His People to Suffer?
I Peter 5:10
February 25, 2006
1. KEEP US LIVING FOR JESUS
a) The Life That Is Proper for the Christian
b) The Life That Is Produced in the Christian
2. KEEP US LABORING FOR JESUS
a) Service That Is Required by God
b) Service That Is Restored by God
3. KEEP US LOOKING FOR JESUS
a) The Longing That Is Commanded
b) The Longing That Is Created
The English writer, Somerset Maugham, once told the story about a janitor of the St. Peter's Church in London. One day the vicar discovered that the janitor was illiterate and fired him. Jobless, the man invested his meager savings in a tiny shop. His business prospered and he expanded by opening up another shop. In time he ended up with a chain of stores worth several hundred thousands of dollars. One day the man's banker said to him, "You have done well for someone who is illiterate, but where would you be if you could read and write?" The man replied, "Well, I would be the janitor of St. Peter's Church."
I wonder where we would be if not for certain things that happened in our life. What we often call tragedies actually serve to produce triumphs in our life. The thing that we think will break us, often serves to build us. No one likes to suffer. No one enjoys going through the trials of life, but oftentimes it is the dark clouds of suffering that bring the greatest showers of blessings. We can look back and say, "If it had not been for what I went through, I would not be what I am and where I am."
We are thinking about why God allows His people to suffer. In 1 Peter 5:10, we are given four reasons why God allows His people to suffer. In our last study we saw that suffering has a perfecting or restoring work in our life. Today I want us to think about how suffering has an establishing work or benefit in our life.
Peter says "after we have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish ...
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