Do Not Despair; God Is Still In Control!”
One great cry of despair in human history was by one of the disciples of Jesus while on their way to Emmaus. He expressed his frustration and hopelessness at the dead of Jesus. Ironically he was talking directly to The risen Lord himself
Talking about the recent happenings in Jerusalem concerning Jesus’ death he said, “but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel…” When such despair and frustration sets in, the weak in faith will conclude that all is lost.
Jesus was saddened to realise that those he had groomed were of such little faith. Jesus told him, “How foolish you are,and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things then enter his glory?” (Lk. 24: 13ff)
Unfortunately, even the prophets whom Christ mentioned had their low moments and despaired. Isaiah for example once said, “I have laboured to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing…” That notwithstanding, Isaiah remained steadfast and so he affirmed, “Yet what is due to me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” (49: 1-6).
My friends, the traveller who gets bewildered and frustrated because the journey’s end is still far out of sight must be blamed for embarking on a journey without seeking to know the exact distance! Nevertheless, be assured that no matter how much further away the journey’s end still is, you are closer to the end than from where you took off.
The arrest of the supposed leaders of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, the deliberate grounding of Internet services in the anglophone regions, the ban on the Civil society Consortium and the heavy presence of combat ready uniform persons are merely expected speedbrakes that gives time for better reflections and restrategising for a “no turning back advancement!”
To deprive the entire anglophone regions of Internet services is a subtle acknowledgement that the entire people are a problem. This is to say the Civil Society Consortium is not a group. It is the people! Anglophones in government who do not see this as an affront to who they are as a people, have sold their birthrights irredeemably! This shouldn’t be!
Dear friends, do not despair! God has a plan to restore his people and “also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring his salvation to the ends of the earth.”
It is time to stand united and determined to regain selfhood and identity! Don’t believe the lie that the smartphones and megabytes are the “be all and end all” magic wand that bonds us!
God works in mysterious ways. Take it that the lack internet connectedness gives greater opportunity for “peoples’self-definition! Let us stand together and face our destiny as a people.
Be reminded that the battle is the Lord’s, so don’t stop praying to the Liberating Christ! Expect tougher and harder days ahead, but don’t despair!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
PCC SYNOD CLERK.