We are at a crossroads of worldly upheaval and unwavering faith in the midst of a tumultuous economic storm. Fuel prices in Nigeria rose 215.95% between July 2022 and July 2023, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). According to the NBS Premium Motor Spirit Price Watch Report for July 2023, Nigerians paid an average of N600.35 per litre for fuel in July 2023 as compared to N190.01 per litre in July 2022. The relentless rise in fuel prices reminds us that our faith must be more than just an abstract belief; it must illuminate our journey through the complexities of a changing world.
Your Christian faith must mature to a level whereby it sustains your life and continues to help you build up momentum in your mission. Remember Habakkuk 2:4, “the just shall live by faith.” We discover a profound connection between our Christian ideals and the complex web of the world as we struggle with the unsettling reality of rising fuel prices. This intersection encourages us to view current events through the prism of faith, transcending the commonplace to offer deeper insights. The world around you will keep changing, for better or worse, but you can stay unwavering and steadfast by using the strength of love and faith.
In times of adversity, it is time to look to the master for guidance. The disciples were busy complaining and being afraid of the storm while dancing to the tune of the storm. Our Lord Jesus, on the other hand, calmed the seas and rebuked the storms. His disciples were chastised for their lack of faith (Mark 4: 35 – 41). We must face the economic storm with faith, not fear. The force of faith within our spirit must now lead the way. Your faith must no longer be an abstract concept; it must now be as tangible to you as the bills you must pay.