For many Nigerians and West Africans, the economic situation is difficult and challenging. With Nigeria currently grappling with fuel and cash shortages, it can be difficult to maintain the necessary hope and optimism. But in such times, it’s important to remember that things will get better and that you can draw strength from the word of God. You must cultivate a strong spirit that draws sufficient strength from God’s word to overcome the depressing atmosphere in your world. To overcome what is outside, you must learn to draw strength from within.
After centuries of slavery and servitude to the Egyptians, Moses brought the Israelites a message of hope and deliverance. They couldn’t, however, connect. “But they did not listen to Moses because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery,” Exodus 6:9 says. The harsh socioeconomic reality was more real to them than any promises from the God of their fathers. While this makes perfect logical sense, it will cut off the Holy Spirit’s flow. You must walk around with the confidence that “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Apostle Paul taught us that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. This same principle applies to us today. Despite the economic challenges you are facing, you can find comfort and strength in the word of God. This biblical teaching can be applied to your life by reading and meditating on God’s word. Also, make time to think about God’s promises and his love for you. You will find the hope and strength you need to keep going. Go from “suffering to hope” in your spirit. Allow the word of God to be more real to you than the bad economy out there.