RevEREND Father John Damian Adizie, OCD
What the late Professor Chinua Achebe predicted years ago is about to happen. Indeed, things are beginning to fall apart. People are dying of hunger. Workers are no longer receiving their salaries.
Pensioners are dying without pay. Most of the Federal Roads are no longer motorable. Christians are murdered indiscriminately. People are no longer feeling secured. Some famous Men of God are so fed up that they are even praying for the separation of Nigeria, if that will put an end to indiscriminate massacre of Christians.
Cost of living has become so high. Poor ones can no longer afford their daily bread. Our Naira has fallen so drastically. Boko Harram are still terrorizing people in some Northern parts of Nigeria; while the militants are not just vandalizing pipelines but also terrorizing travelers.
Almost all the tribes in Nigeria are fed up with the nation. The Igbos are beating war songs. They have even declared that there will be no election in the South East of Nigeria. The Arewa Youths are intimidating the Igbos with quit notice. ASUU are still using indefinite strike to frustrate the innocent students.
People are kidnapped and ransoms are paid on daily basis. As Nigerian youths are trooping out of the country on daily basis many are being deported to Nigeria. The issue of bomb blast and unemployment is no longer news in Nigeria.
With these and many other ugly instances, you can agree with me that Nigeria is almost at a sinking point!
A sinking point is a point between life and death. It is the most hopeless situation in life, a situation where human aid has failed completely. It is in a situation like this that the Psalmist cried out in despair: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?”
Certainly, human beings cannot help us! Even if they can, they are not ready to help. The psalmist rightly declared, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2). It is only God that can and will deliver Nigeria from this sinking point!
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on top of the water they were all amazed. At first they thought he was a ghost. Peter told him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” Jesus invited him to join him. Peter got out of the boat and started walking on top of the water with Jesus. He was able to walk on top of water because he was with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Man that makes the impossible possible! Nigeria needs Jesus to succeed!
The moment Peter became less conscious of the presence of Jesus Christ, he started sinking. Nigeria started sinking when they became less conscious of the divine presence. Instead he became afraid and at that moment he started sinking.
Child of God, no matter the wave or the storm this nation may be facing you don’t need to be afraid. Fear can never solve your problem. The psalmist declares, “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday” (Psalm 91:5-6). So, fear not!
As Peter was sinking he did some-thing remarkable. He cried out to God in prayer, saying, “Save me Lord, or I perish” (Matthew 14:30). What a short but powerful prayer! Peter knew quite well that it was only Jesus that can save him from his own sinking point. His fellow disciples could not save him.
At that sinking point he does not need the help of the world’s super power to rescue him; he does not need any powerful politician to save him. Only Jesus can save! Indeed, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) except the name JESUS!
We are facing a lot of fearful and unpleasant situations in our country today. We are facing the fear of war, the fear of evil dictators, the fear of demonic attacks, the fear of witches and wizards; and even the fear of the Islamization of Nigeria.
But God is telling us through the Prophet Isaiah, “Do not be afraid – I will save you. I have called you by name – you are mine. When you pass through the deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you” (Isaiah 43:1-2).
Child of God, with God on your side, you have nothing to fear and nothing to worry about. The Spirit of the Lord is upon you – No Shaking! May God uproot every spirit of fear and doubt and May He deliver our country Nigeria from sinking into the mud of destruction and dissolution, through Christ our Lord – Amen!