by Dare Lawal
Founder of the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, took to the church’s Facebook page yesterday to share with followers what a hard time he has been having ever since his church guest house collapsed in Lagos, killing at least 80 people last Friday.
He said that although he was passing through trying times, he would survive it and will not be destroyed by it.
“Hard times may test me, they cannot destroy me,” TB Joshua said on the SCOAN page. “To withstand hard times, stand with Christ. When you face trials, hard times, you can count it all joy if you add faith.”
Quoting the Bible, TB Joshua appeared to be reaching out to his thousands of followers across the world via the social network, just as he stated that God sometimes makes use of hard times to “draw us to Himself.”
According to TB Joshua, God visits His people with hard times because people often become “proud and stupid with wealth and pleasure.”
He added, “It is through hard times that you gain the necessary experience and maturity to handle whatever responsibility given you. We are most likely to go astray from God and forget Him when things are easy with us in the world because we often become proud and stupid with wealth and pleasure.
“God visits His people with hard times that they may learn His way. His ways, though hard to the ungodly men, are desirable and profitable because they lead us to safety unto eternal life. God allowed the enemy to overcome Israel so that they may learn the difference between serving God and serving the devil.
“If not for our hard times, we would not have sought the face of God. I mean, if not because of hard times, man by his wicked nature, would not have sought the face of God. This means, God sometimes uses hard times to draw us to Him so that we can take our proper position and possession in Him.”