I recommend to you Patriot Bible University, a conservative, Bible-believing correspondence school with a long-standing reputation of excellence. I was honored to earn two degrees in Biblical subjects from PBU. Here is a link to its website: www.PatriotUniversity.com. Below is a practical message from one of PBU’s faculty.
Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
Seven Reasons People Suffer
By Mark S. Disbrow
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
In his book “Man in the Mirror”, Patrick Morley gives the following reasons we suffer:
- An innocent mistake: We all make innocent mistakes but still suffer the consequences.
- An error in judgment: We all use poor judgment from time to time.
- An integrity problem: Sometimes men do wrong with malice and they must bear the moral and other consequences of their decisions.
- The environment changes: When the environment changes beyond our control, we may suffer dire consequences, even though we have have done nothing wrong.
- Evil happens: Evil exists in this world. Unfair things do happen.
- God disciplines: Hebrews 12:7-8 “..or what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?..”
- God tests: Proverbs 17:3 “..the LORD trieth the hearts.”
Suffering can not be avoided. We can suffer because its our own fault, or because it’s someone else’s. We can suffer by an innocent mistake or as a consequence of our sins. Sometimes God tests us, and other times He may discipline us. Sometimes the environment changes on us and sometimes evil overtakes us. Whatever the reason, we can humble ourselves under God’s plan for our lives or we can resist. But, we cannot avoid suffering.
Patriot students and alumni have chosen to suffer with Christ.
|Grace and peace to you,
Patriot Bible University