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I Was Momentarily Sad Yesterday for Nigeria

As I drove back from office yesterday evening, precisely, around Oju-Irin, Bodija, Ibadan, I saw a lot of people, standing, waiting, for taxis and cabs that may not be available soon. Thanks to the persistent fuel scarcity that has been on for a few days!
In a moment of time, I lost my joy. Compassion for these people hit me like a tornado. Waves and billows of helplessness overwhelmed me.
On these people were written frustration boldly. These are parents, adults, young people and elderly people.
As I drove a little further, I met a gridlock, cause by a long queue of cars waiting to buy fuel. Responsible adults carrying kegs of various sizes, young guys mounting generators on their shoulders, little children with smaller kegs, it was just a terrific sight.
People are tired. Obviously, disappointed in the government of the day.
Scripture from Isaiah filtered through my mind.
Isa 1:5-9 (KJV)  Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.  [6]  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.  [7]  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.  [8]  And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.  [9]  Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Where did we go wrong?
What are we going to do?
An average Nigerian is angry. Almost bothering on bitterness against the government. But will this ever bring a solution?
A lot of people express their frustrations on social media. Understandably so. But does it get to the intended people? I doubt.
The king is often shielded from true position of things in his domain. He is oblivious of the sufferings of the people. For what the people around him would eat, they would sell off their conscience to keep the king from knowing the truth, and they tell him what he wants to hear!
Your rant on social media would not be read by him, it would be read by fellow people going though the same issues, and the many likes you get deceives you that you are speaking out!
Yes, be expressive, but do they get to the man at the top? Maybe a few post by influential people.
In way a way, the posts are good, if it replaces burning stuffs and violent riots.
But I doubt its effectiveness. But we must keep talking.
We need something more.
Restrain from mentioning names. You could be arrested. Restrain from abusing older people. Restrain from calling the government abusive and derogatory names. Those are not scriptural in any way. Refrain from cursing them. In fact, those actions would do nothing.
Rather than abuse and blame, can you make suggestions? Can you bring solutions to the table? How can an average young person reach the government?
What should you do? What should you really do at such a time?
There was was an oppression against the children of Israel. It lasted hundreds of years.
The time God intervened, something significantly happened.
Exo 3:7 (KJV)  
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
God said,
1. I have seen their affliction
2. I have heard their cry
3. I know their sorrows
As a result, God said
Exo 3:8 (KJV)  And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
We will still rejoice in this nation. As long as the Lord lives!
The there things mentioned above are key!
For the first and the last thing God said, there is nothing for us to do. I am sure God has seen the affliction and he knows the sorrows that an average man goes through.
But in-between those two, He needs to hear our cry!
Sandwiched between the affliction and the sorrow, is that He must hear our cry!
Thank God, for all you write and your posts on social media, but after all of that, cry unto the Lord for this nation.
Instead of abusing and name calling, cry unto the Lord.
The Lord will not hear our cry on Twitter or on Facebook, He would hear us when we arise and call upon His name!
This is where the affliction and the sorrows in the land should lead you to.
Those people don't have an idea of what fuel scarcity is. They will never be in a queue. They will never see your affliction and they will never know your sorrow. Only God can see and know, so we need to cry unto God, not unto Twitter and Facebook!
God will save this country from the Goliaths! Verse 19 tells us that there is good in this land.
Isa 1:19 (KJV)  
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Finally, in the midst of all the challenges, in the midst of all the violence, the killings, and daily atrocities we hear, stay close to God and never lose your joy.
The joy of the Lord is your strength, keep praying for the government of the day, as long as they are still there!
May God help us all. May we be blessed. May Nigeria be blessed
The next time the affliction hits you and the sorrow comes like billows, you know where and who to cry to!

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