The founder of The Synagogue Church of all Nations, Temitope Joshua (popularly known as T.B. Joshua), has described the recent incident in his church as a hard time that cannot destroy him.
Writing on the church’s official Facebook page, Tuesday, Mr. Joshua said hard times should be counted as joy.
“It is through hard times that you gain the necessary experience and maturity to handle whatever responsibility given you,” Mr. Joshua said.
“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,” Mr. Joshua added.
A five-storey building inside the church’s premises at Ikotun, Lagos, collapsed last Friday as three additional floors were being added to the original two-storey structure.
As at noon, Wednesday, the death toll had risen to 70 dead and 131 rescued, according to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
Citing the Book of Chronicles in the Bible, Mr. Joshua said God allowed the enemy to overcome Israel so that they might 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,” Mr. Joshua said.
“This means, God sometimes uses hard times to draw us to Himself so that we can take our proper position and possession in Him.”