If you work at a manufacturing facility, or a refinery, someplace that uses heavy machinery to make things, you know that accidents occur. These accidents are sometimes minor, and sometimes they are fatal on a large scale such as an explosion. When an accident occurs, there is usually an investigation, either internal or by a regulatory agency. One of the many tools that corporations use to get to the true cause of the accident is called the TapRoot® system. Now this is a tool that has been around for a while, and it has survived because it can be fairly effective in finding out the real cause of what happened. Almost with every incident there are two immediate reactions, there are those who claim to have no idea how it happened, and those who know exactly what the cause of the incident was. Both groups are usually wrong, and so the value of this tool is that it is an education for both groups in finding the true cause of the accident.
Essentially, you are walking back through various set questions that dig deeper into what caused the failure, was it training, was it equipment failure, was it a systematic problem, or was it a people problem. We know the effect; it is the accident that occurred. Our goal is to find the cause of the accident, correct it, and stop such accidents from occurring again. Now we know accidents, or failures, will continue to happen, it is almost impossible to eliminate them, but there is a way to stop the self-inflicted failures, the ones caused by something that we do, or fail to do.
In our lesson today, Peter is going to do something similar to this process with his discussion on the cause of a Christian facing suffering. We know the effect, it is suffering and persecution. Peter is going to help us understand the cause of that suffering. He is going to tell us that we cannot stop all suffering. In fact, some of our suffering is allowed by God to cleanse us and to make our faith stronger, but we can stop the self-inflicted suffering that we bring on ourselves by the things that we do, or fail to do.
Listen to this podcast to learn the cause and effect of the suffering we face as a believer.