WAS IT GOD THAT MADE OUR VERY OWN ALIKO DANGOTE THE RICHEST IN ALL OF AFRICA?
Would it be fair to say that while we were busy attending church services, other nations were developing? Would it be correct to say that while we were whiling away time in religious hickory dickory, other nations were developing and advancing? I mean, if God was responsible for the development of nations, shouldn’t He have favored those of us who were the most faithful to church services? Shouldn’t He have favored those of us who are more consistent in our attendance of church meetings?
The mere fact that our extreme religiosity and attendance to religious activities hasn’t resulted in an automatic development of our nation should tell us something. It should tell us that the development of nations is not by how much or how well we attend church services or Muslim khutbah. The development of nations does not result when people sit back, do nothing and expect God to fix things for them.
This is the same reason why the majority of our citizens live in abject poverty today. They sit, hope, pray and even fast that the God that blesses people will one-day look upon their faithfulness to church attendance and change their financial fortune. Meanwhile, the not so godly people are making waves. The not so churchy people are advancing and developing greatly. Christians have become so associated with poverty that it has become a standard for measuring poverty around the world. Hence, the phrase “as poor as a church rat”.
Sift through the world’s record of the richest men on earth today. How many of them are religious men? How many of them got there by their religious involvements and affiliations? Did you ever read that Bill Gates who has held the record of the richest man in the world for 16 out of 21 years was made so by God? Was it God that made our very own Aliko Dangote the richest in all of Africa? Or did you ever read that Dangote was a prayer warrior somewhere?
All these men and nations I have mentioned have gone ahead to build enviable lives and societies for themselves because they decided to take the opposite route to the one we have taken as a nation. They decided to be pro-actively productive instead of waiting for God to do for them what He has already enabled them to do!
“God and Nature first made us what we are, and
then out of our own created genius we make our-
selves what we want to be. Follow always that
great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and
Eternity our measurement” (Marcus Garvey)
Oh how I wish that the Nigerian populace understood this! How I wish that we knew that the same God we are busy waiting for to change our country isn’t going to do so. How I wish we knew that the answer to our endless vigils and prayers has always been with us.
Marcus Garvey was absolutely right when he said God has already made us what we are. And out of the genius that has been deposited in us, we ought to now make ourselves what we want to be. In other words, contrary to what most of us think, God is waiting on us to do something about our country. God is looking up to us to effect the changes we desire in our nation. He is counting on the ingenuity of our person and the abilities locked up within us to do just that.
To be continued Tomorrow, don’t miss it.
Excerpts from the book Only God Can Save Nigeria: What A Myth.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.