The Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged Nigerians not to despair as a result of the country’s current challenges.
Okowa, who made the call during a ‘thanksgiving service’ at St Philip’s Anglican Church, Asaba, said God “will restore the glory to the people if they turn to him.”
The governor, who preached on the theme: Harvest of Restoration, said “challenges may come not as a punishment, but to draw the people closer to God.”
He said, “We are a peculiar people and peculiar people are not to suffer any loss; our God is a restorer. He knows our needs and we should know that the promise of divine restoration is tied to our repentance.
“Prophet Joel urged Israel to repent to enable them get divine restoration; a lot of things are going wrong and all that we do is complain and complain but our restoration lies in the power of God, only when we pray fervently and with repentance.”
Continuing, he said: “We should ensure that our repentance is real because the Lord is able to recreate, sanctify us if our intentions are genuine. The Lord is able to provide answers to our questions; He is a covenant keeper and He cannot lie.
“Our Lord is ever faithful; many of us are looking for help elsewhere, it is better to trust in God than in man because, setbacks are only challenges in disguise. See your challenges as stepping stones to move on; there are no limitations to whatever God does, there is nothing that He cannot do.”