Every church has its troubles.
We may explain the problems in our churches as “symptoms of our dysfunction,” as “signs of God’s displeasure,” or as “the strategy of the devil.”
But regardless of the kind of troubles we encounter, God sovereignly dispatches them for His glorious purpose.
Our dysfunction becomes His function of lovingly refining us. His momentary displeasure is meant to mold us into vessels for His pleasure forever. The devil’s strategy becomes his tragedy as God uses those fiery trials to make His people less and less hellish but more and more holy.
“In this world you will have trouble,” Jesus told us, “but take heart, I have overcome the world.”