God Is Sifting the Church Like Wheat
“Simon, Simon, behold,Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22: 31-32 (NASB)
God allows Satan to sift us to strengthen us. Regarding the Apostle Peter, it happened at the trial of Jesus. For our present situation I believe its happening with the Corona Virus shutdown of churches. In the parallel spiritual world, Satan demanded to do sift the whole Church. Even though Satan himself may be behind it, nevertheless, God has given permission.
What have you learned about yourself during this time? What have you learned about your church? What have you learned about the level of faith and commitment among the brothers and sisters?
As Simon Peter learned and wept, so we are learning. This is a time for facing the truth about our level of faith. It is also a time for weeping over the truth about our lack of faith and lack of understanding of the Word of God.
Oh, and what about our many misconceptions about the nature of the church? It's not just a come, sit down, face forward, go through the liturgy. It is everyday love, prayer, and ministry, punctuated by times of gathering with other saints to encourage one another, study with one another, and partake of the Lord's Supper (communion). That can and should happen any day of the week--not just Sunday. No where in the New Covenant does it expressly name one certain day for worship. Sunday is a tradition of men, not a commandment of God.
So, while you suffer and weep, do not forget to rejoice in this time of testing. It is a gift from God. Through many tribulations we enter the Kingdom of God.