Just once I want to read where someone says, “I lost my job. God is good.” Or, “The doctor said it’s cancer. God is good.” Or, “My loved one died. God is good.”
His faithfulness is everlasting. He is good no matter what.
A pastor friend sent me a note reporting on his church. He had baptized several that year and had twice that number to join in other ways. I replied that God is using him to turn around that old church and, “Good for you, friend!”
He came back: “The curmudgeons are still there, though, still lurking.”
I answered, “They always will be. But let me tell you what I’ve finally learned about that. These detractors are doing you a favor. They motivate you to greater faithfulness, to do your best work, to keep the focus on the Lord.”
He said, “I call them ‘Holy Sandpaper.’”
The Lord uses them to get the rough edges off His servant.
Interesting how the notes I get from pastors–some are questions regarding ministry–turn out to be the very thing the Lord was talking with me about earlier.
Case in point. I was going through some old correspondence files, trying to decide what could be discarded. I ran across the most critical (i.e., life-changing) exchange of letters I ever had with a church member in a long lifetime of ministry.