Nigerians, Let Your Hope be Awaken

56 Nigerian Independence Day 

Bible reading: Luke 21:25-28
”And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud with power and great glory.   But when these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Whenever my boys feel shame or are uncomfortable, they’ll often look away or bury their head in their chest. If they’re wearing a hoodie, they’ll pull it over their head, as if trying to become invisible. I have a similar impulse. When I’m ashamed or feel vulnerable, defeated, or hopeless, it’s easy to try to hide. With my sons, I draw close to them and calmly say, “Look up at me. I need to see your eyes.”

Though this is not always true (sometimes I’m angry or frustrated), I hope that when my sons lock eyes with mine they’ll see my love for them. I hope that though they feel disheartened, they’ll encounter some grace in me that sparks hope and life within them.

Jesus stirred embers of hope and life within His disciples. Explaining that they would soon enter a crushing, despairing time, He gave the details of a coming apocalypse when the disciples’ lives would teeter on the edge. “The nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas,” Jesus warned (Luke 21:25). This will be a dire time when many will find it impossible to cling to hope. “People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth,” Jesus warned, “for the powers in the heavens will be shaken” (v.26).

And precisely at that impossible moment, Jesus assured, His disciples must “stand and look up, for [their] salvation is near!” (v.28). When we feel most fragile, most at risk, this is the time when we’re to cling most tenaciously to the promise of God’s rescue.

Today, October 1st, Nigerians throughout the world are celebrating their 56th independence anniversary. Situations in Nigeria depicted that though we got our so call independent from the British 56 years ago, Nigerians are not enjoying the freedom. But Regardless of our situations we deserve to celebrate our  56th anniversary, though we are yet to have true independent because we are still under the bondage of heartless so called leaders or rulers. But certainly there is a silver lining lurking around and soon we shall see the light, because Nigeria is Gods project.

As our Lord and our Savior warned us in the parable of the fig tree, “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. When they sprout leaves, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near. So also you, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Politicians will always come with their numerous lies to get our votes and there after not fulfill those promises, but with God Almighty, it is yea and amen and it will be done.
Arise Nigerians, let your hope be awaken, God is still God! let's not allow our faith to turn feeble and our prospects disintegrate, God tells us to lift up our heads and awaken our hope. We watch for Him, confidently expecting His deliverance and give us true and real freedom.

Happy Independence Day to Gods own country.

By Winn Collier

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