Ezechi Iwuagwu lives and works in central Nigeria, where ethnically-charged violence has been causing widespread fear for many months.
Ezechi writes, 'There have been attacks from Fulani Jihadists in Southern Kaduna where we live. Some communities have been ransacked and re-occupied by the Jihadists, with huge losses of lives and properties. In addition to the growing violence, we face political uncertainties, economic challenges, legislations that are opposed to Christian beliefs and persistent terrorist attacks. It can be very difficult to raise one’s head up to see the Sovereign God who is still very much in control of his world (Psalm 46: 6, 8 and 9). Yet the writer of Psalm 46 sings of YHWH summoning his people to be calm and keep steady.
'I’ve been reflecting quite a lot on Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"
'As human beings, we fear, despite of knowledge of God. In the chaos of our world, being still or calm is one of the most difficult virtues to exercise.
'May we be those who raise our heads see the exalted LORD, the "prince of Peace" who is "our refuge, strength and fortress!" In him we are secure (Psalm 46: 1 and 7). Despite my human fears in the "raging storms" I have come to know his peace, being assured of his constant presence.'
Find out more about Ezechi and the bible school he runs in Kagoro, central Nigeria, here.
Ezechi with his wife Florence and daughter Delight.