From the lower to upper class, poor to rich, Nigerians are groaning as the economy bites harder. With more people out of jobs than ever before, and more business troubled and collapsing, millions have lost hope, legions are desolate and in despair. Opportunistic crimes are taking on new dimensions and compatriots are inventing survival means as hundreds of thousands feel the pangs of hunger and hopelessness.
Everywhere we turn, tales of woes and unheard of scenarios are repeated.
So, where do we turn?
Millions are finding solace in religion, and checking their Bible and Koran, and more.
As the difficulties take on new form, we present some soothing Bible passages which teach us how to cope as President Muhammadu Buhari struggles to executes solutions to our many problems…
17 – The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 – The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 – he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
22 – Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
5 – Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Isaiah 40: 31
31 – But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 41: 10-13
10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 – Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 – Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
13 – For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 – Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 – And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 – And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
4 – For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
3 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 – who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
5 – For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
6 – If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
7 – And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
– Joshua Shobiye for Encomium.ng