It’s an understatement to say Nigeria is in the thores of one of the fiercest energy crisis she would ever face. And needless to say Christians and non christians alike are affected. Its natural to feel anger and fraustration at the way our government is handling the situation and be tempted to vent out our feelings.
we definitely can’t bury our heads in the sand and act like we are insulated from what is going on. I mean, i don’t know about you but i don’t have electricity and i have no fuel to power my generator and the cost of cooking gas has doubled. so yeah. we are all in this together.
But how do we stay in faith, maintain positive confessions and maintain our intergrity? Christians are being tempted to sell at hiked prices a.ka (Black Market) to make quick money. For some of us, it’s the despondency, the anger and the need to lash out and speak negatively.
I sat outside my house on saturday night, all mobile devices dead, no electricity and while swatting away mosquitoes, i started talking about the country’s state of affairs with my neigbour. Gradually, i found myself slidinng into depression and hopelessness and for someone like me, it can be downright dangerous. I had to turn to worship music from a battery powered device to clear my mind.
One thing i know is that, no matter how bad things are, our worrying and complaining will not change things. rather, it will drive us to a place where we loose touch of God’s goodness and grace.
Philippians 4: 6-7 (MSG)
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
I read this passage over and over last night and i know that it sounds like platitude, but the reality is that, we KNOW that God is concerned about us and everything we are going through. I don’t know how or when he’s going to do it, but i KNOW he will do something about all this.
Philippians 4: 12-13(TLB)
12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; 13 for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.
Let’s learn the secret of contentment and not allow our present conditions dictate whether we obey God or not. In all these things, the word of God stands true and sure.
God bless you.