For President Goodluck Jonathan, strong support came his way from his home church, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Otuoke, where the President was told to remain focused and not to be discouraged by the challenges the nation was passing through.
Vicar of the church, Rev. Mathew Obaze urged the President not to despair, saying that the nation would surmount its present challenges.
The Vicar who preached on Sunday at the Otuoke church service attended by the President, the first lady; his mother, Madam Eunice, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, the governor’s wife and top federal and state government personnels, also asked Nigerians to remain prayerful, focus and not run away from battles or challenging situations..
President Jonathan took the first reading from 1st Samuel: 4-16 during the service.
Delivering his message titled the “Hidden blessings” taken from Matthew 43, vs 22, the Vicar expressed confidence that despite what he called the great storm Nigerian is going through, it would not sink in the “river.”
Highlighting the biblical story about how God saved the boat of over 500 disciples from capsizing into a stormy sea, he said that every human being is destined by God to go through all kinds of crises and storms at one time or the other.
The vicar noted that: “The essence of being human being is to face crisis or storm at one time or the other in our lives”, Obaze said. Even marriage which God makes compulsory for human being can face crisis which is normal. In the period of crisis or storm, we should not entertain fear but have faith that such would eventually pass away.
“Fear will sink you but faith will save you. There is no problem that can defy God’s solution. We may find it difficult trying to solve problems all by ourselves. There can be no victory without a war. It is those who run away that lose battles. So, do not be consumed by fear of challenges”, he added.
The church prayed for President Jonathan and asked God to protect him and direct him well towards bettering the lots of the common men and women in the country.