Which way Nigeria?
Which way Nigeria?
Which way to go?
I love my father Land, oh yeah,
I want to know,
Which way Nigeria is heading to?
The above song was sang by the Late Sunny Okosun so many years ago; recent happenings in the country made me remember this song this morning. Few days ago, news reached me that there might be famine in the land next year, as at this morning it is so difficult for poultry farmers to get feed to feed their birds due to scarcity of grains and soya. If this situation continue, only God knows what will happen next year. I am so so distress and in my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God and from heaven he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears (2 Samuel 22:7) and He referred me to the Book of Nehemiah.
Some of you might be wondering, why Nehemiah?.
Nehemiah was the cup-bearer to the King Artaxerxes, on learning that the remnant in Judah were in distress and are experiencing great suffering and shame; moreover, the walls of Jerusalem were broken down and gates destroyed by fire. Nehemiah’s heart was broken because of the condition of Jerusalem, it drove him to his knees. The Scriptures says that he wept, mourned, fasted and prayed before the God of heaven (Nehemiah 1:4).
Today, a lot of us are weeping, mourning, fasting and praying to God about Nigeria’s current predicament, but are these enough to rebuild our great country? *Certainly not?* Unfortunately, a lot of us are trapped in weeping, mourning, fasting and praying and it seems that God is not hearing us.
Am saying this morning, that God has heard us and He is still hearing us but we are not playing our part in rebuilding our country. We are broken but what is the result of our brokenness? The result of Nehemiah’s brokenness was action; first he was broken but then he went into action to right this wrong. Nehemiah defied all odds and opposition of the enemies and with God’s help he rebuilt the walls within 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15-16).
There are so many challenges – economic, social, religious, etc – confronting us as a nation today. There is corruption, hunger, injustice and crime occurring in every corner. Everyday, the news reports all these wrong doings but what do we do? Have we watched so much injustice that it no longer bothers us? Have we become insensitive to the needs of the people around us?
What will have to happen for us to weep for the hurting of our country? God is looking for the Nehemiahs in Nigeria. Where are we?
Are we actually ready to change ourselves and recover from the damage and ruin of the past?
Remember that it is only with God’s help can we actually change ourselves and recover from the damage and ruin of the past. Rather than whining and complaining, let’s cry out to Him today and then act.
We have all sinned and I pray, Lord God of heaven, our great and awesome God will not only forgive us but will have mercy on us and our great country. As we cry aloud to Him in the morning, at noon, in the evening and at night, God’s ear will be attentive and His eyes open to hear our prayer in Jesus name.
Good morning and have a blessed day.
Written By Dr. Adebayo Odunowo