“Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.” (1st Thessalonians 5:18 CEV)

Texts: Psalm 92: 1-5; 149: 1 – 7; 1 Thess. 5: 18; 2 Chronicles 20: 1 – 34

There is no nation or a group of people on earth today that are not experiencing one form of economic crisis or the other. Both the low and the mighty have all been hit by the current economic downturn globally.

Our nation (Nigeria) in particular is faced with a lot of hardships. We have heard of a father exchanging his son for a bag of rice. We have also read about people even in the big cities stealing their neighbours’ food while still on fire to feed their hungry children. One story was told of a woman that stole her neighbour’s pot of Amala (a Yoruba local delicacy) while on fire. When the owner who had just stepped into her room to get a few things returned to see just her stove burning with no pot on it, she realised that her meal had been stolen. She decided to go from one apartment to the other in search of her meal. To her shock on entering a particular apartment, she found her neighbour with her little children swallowing her missing Amala with palm oil. Out of pity, she went back to her own apartment and returned with a bowl of soup for her neighbour and children, so that they, too, may have something decent for a male. People have now learnt to watch over their meals while cooking. Continue reading