Paul was speaking to the Philippians when he admonished them not to be anxious about anything. According to him, instead of being anxious, which will not change our circumstances for the better, we should rather bring our concerns to God. In prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, we should make our requests known to God; and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (Phil.4:6-7)

Notice that it does not say that God will answer our requests? What is guaranteed here is peace. He says His peace will keep our hearts and minds at rest in Christ Jesus. In other words, it is not the request itself that matters but the peace of God, which is meant to replace the anxiety.

What is anxiety? A particular definition says it is a feeling of nervousness, unease or worry that typically occurs in the presence of an imminent threat. In place of anxiety, God offers His peace.

And His peace is what we need right now in Nigeria. With the announcement of the results of the presidential elections, it now appears that we are in for another four years of APC rule.

The truth is that I am actually relieved that the results have been released. I am not for any party and actually had mixed feelings about who the best candidate was. There were so many arguments for and against the two major candidates, and very interesting justifications for giving the younger generation a chance, even though they were not as well-known and did not have the financial muscle of the old politicians.

All through this process, we have prayed, encouraged people to vote, stayed in faith and warred in the spirit, for God’s chosen leaders to emerge in a peaceful and fairly run election process. Some of my prayers have been answered. For some others, I am still unsure whether what I see emerging is an answer to prayer or not, but I am hopeful and trusting God that as time unfolds, I will understand Him and His choice for Nigeria, better and better.

Acts 17:26-27 talks about how God created the nations from one man and decides when nations should rise and fall. He is the Ultimate King Maker and Ruler of Nations. So we have confidence that all things will work out for Nigeria at the end of the day. We believe He definitely has a plan for Nigeria and His counsel will stand and His will done exactly as He has planned it.

That is our hope and confidence in this season. That is our peace. Believing that although God might not do what we ask, He will do what is best for us and in the interim, He will keep our hearts at rest. We will not panic. We will not be discouraged. We will listen for His instructions and do His will. That way, we will come into the manifestation of His perfect will for our lives and for the nation.

Shalom, Nigeria.

Peace to you!