Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. – Habakkuk 3:17-18
You don’t have to strain too much before you hear the groanings of many Nigerians. There is much ado about the ‘R’ word and the state of the nation’s economy. Our currency is weakening against other world currencies, our infrastructures are collapsing, the educational system is in fast decline, businesses are closing down, pensioners are owed, and many states are insolvent, thus, have not paid workers’ salaries in months. It indeed looks gleam and hopeless and not a few sighs escape from the mouths of disenfranchised citizens.
This is no strange experience, for there is nothing new under the sun. Prophet Habakkuk also lived in a time of economic downturn plus a natural famine…there was failure of money, of farm produce and of animal produce.
Doing business must have been tough. However, the Prophet rose above his present predicament and the suffocating situation to give God a joyful Thanksgiving. Now that was thanking God by faith.
This Thanksgiving season, as Nigerians, we must look for and find reasons to thank God for our dear nation…call it thanking God by faith, but we must! Let us thank Him that we are still ONE, that our democracy is growing, that we are not at war, that we constitutionally still have the freedom of worship, that our security agencies still work (perhaps, not the way we want yet).
Let’s thank Him that our land is fertile…that we can plant things and they grow. Things won’t always be like this…cheer up and thank God!
#IDareYou to thank God and give other reasons to thank God for Nigeria.
Isaiah 1:7-9, Job 8:7 and Psalm 126:1-6.
Praise God for Nigeria knowing that our latter end shall greatly increase.