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The Settling Work of Suffering (5 of 5)
Series: Why Does God Allow His People To Suffer?
I Peter 5:10
March 13, 2006
1. THE FOUNDATION FOR TRUSTFULNESS IN GOD'S WORD
a) We Are Told We Can Trust God's Word
b) We Are Taught We Can Trust God's Word
2. THE FOUNDATION FOR USEFULNESS IN GOD'S WORK
a) Usefulness That Is Desired by God
b) Usefulness That Is Developed by God
3. THE FOUNDATION FOR RESTFULNESS IN GOD'S WILL
a) God Observes the Difficulties of Our Life
b) God Orders the Direction of Our Life
Someone has said that you know it is going to be a rotten day when:
- You call "Suicide Prevention" and they put you on hold.
- You see a "60 Minutes" new team waiting in your office.
- Your birthday cake collapses from the weight of your candles.
- You turn on the news and they are showing emergency routes out of the city.
- Your twin sister or brother forgot your birthday.
- Your car horn goes off accidentally and remains stuck as you follow a group of Hell's Angel's on the freeway.
- Your boss tells you not to take off your coat.
- The bird singing outside your window is a buzzard.
- You put both contact lenses in the same eye.
- Your wife says, "Good morning, Bill," and your name is George.
All of us have rotten days. However, we have been learning that bad days can actually become blessed days. We have been thinking about the ministry of suffering in our life. As we have seen over the past few weeks, Peter tells us that God uses suffering to perfect, stablish, and strengthen us. Today, I want us to consider the fourth reason for suffering in our life and that is the matter of settling us.
The word "settle" is translated various ways in the Scripture. In Matthew 7:25 we read, "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell now: for it was founded upon a rock." The word "founded" is the same word translated "settle" in 1 Peter 5:10.
In Ephesians 3:17 we ...
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