A pastor-friend of mine once went through a series of disappointments. His favor with his followers faltered, his once fruitful ministry began to fail, and many of his former friends became his biggest opponents. And that was before events really got bad.
My friend was well known. If I told you his name, you’d probably recognize it. And his meteoric fall from favor was not due to any moral scandal on his part. Yet rejection and controversy, like circumstantial evidence against him, attacked from every side:
- He began with a big splash and became famous in a few short months;
- His fame attracted detractors, and major church leaders spoke against him;
- His followers, who used to think he walked on water, began to drift away;
- Then his treasurer embezzled funds;
- Over time, his ministry crashed and burned.
And, of course, he asked God, “Why?”