By Laja Thomas
Christians have been admonished to continually look up to God for hope and salvation because His promises of deliverance anytime they are in trouble are sure. Also those who have become hopeless and depressed because of the trouble of this evil world should turn to God, our fortress, shield and saviour on the day of affliction and calamity.
These were the words of Bro. Godwin Ifeacho, chairman, Executive Board, God’s Kingdom Society, GKS, at the 2012 Christian Feast of Tabernacles held at St. Urhobo Square, Salem City, Warri, Delta State penultimate week.
Speaking on the topic, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee,” Bro. Ifeacho told the multitude of worshippers who attended the weak-long festival that, “God Almighty will never abandon those who look to Him for sustenance and salvation by His grace.
But while He will always guide, protect and care He will also not fail to hold them to account whenever they walk contrary to His laws,” adding that, “all true Christians must go through a fiery trial but God Almighty will certainly deliver us from such situations in His own due time, by His grace, when we trust in Him.” (I Corinthians 10:13; I Peter 4:12-13).
Exhorting on the importance of faith and patience in the midst of tribulations, Bro. Ifeacho stated that, “those whom God has called to serve Him must have strong faith in Him and exercise patience in order to be in close fellowship with Him. We must be determined to remain on the Lord’s side no matter the situation, believing that there is no difficult situation God cannot reverse. This calls for good heart condition and the doing of righteousness at all times.”
Quotiong from the scriptures, Bro. Ifeacho explained to the faithful the admonition of St. Paul. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” He further admonished us not to be overly anxious because of the wants of this life but to make the quest for God’s kingdom our priority.
Bro. Ifeacho who warned on the perils of the last days stated that, “this exhortation is even more pertinent at this age known as the last days, the most turbulent time in the history of mankind. Apart from resurgence of such vices as kidnapping, there have also been revolutions in various parts of the world as well as economic crises that exposed the frailty of man and utter helplessness in dealing with the problems of the word,” adding that, “here in Nigeria we have had our share of political, social and economic problems as well as natural disasters, the most recent of which have been the floods that affected no fewer than 28 states.”
Continuing, he said, “it was reported that four farmers in Kogi State and another in Delta State committed suicide because flood had over run the farms in which they invested loans taken from banks. Let us therefore forge ahead without fear, without doubt and with complete assurance of God’s power to serve and not be dampened in spirit in any way by the troubles that may come our way.”
Addressing newsmen on the importance of the Christian Feast of Tabernacles, the Laity Chairman of the GKS, Bro. Emmanuel Ogidi said; “the feast is ordained by God Almighty. It is a feast of rejoicing, celebration. It is a gathering of Christians to show appreciation to God for what He has been doing in the lives of His people,” adding, “the Laity as an organ of the church, is supporting the church spiritually, morally, financially and otherwise.
The job of the minister is to preach the sermon but we, members of the Laity can support, most importantly whatever they need. We have to use our resources to help the church. These ministers are fully devoted to the work of God. He advised the celebrants to reason over the sermon they’ve heard and implement them. That is the only way we can get the blessings we are looking for from God.”
While another elder of the church and a former Commissioner for Finance in Delta State, Bro. Love Ojakovo explained that the Feast of Tabernacles is “a feast ordained by God Almighty that His children from the very beginning; the time of Moses up to this day, should celebrate.
Most important aspect of the feast is the message, the reading of the laws of God to His people, the teaching of the rules, the commandments, the ways and purposes of God Almighty to His people, to remind them why they are created that they should not forget to serve God Almighty,” adding, “its significance for Christians and Nigeria as a whole is that all nations, whether Christians or not, are enjoined to cele-brate the feast. They should remember their God and to get the blessings, the promises of celebrating the feast. Zech 14:16-19 summarizes all what I am telling you.”