Yesterday morning, I was awoken from sleep by a phone call from Busayo, my youngest brother saying my brother Tobi had just been abducted from his house by four armed men.
His life was in the balance.
In order for the day not to be turned into a day of mourning for his pregnant wife, his 2-year old daughter and the rest of us, something needed to happen, quickly.
Theoretical knowledge of God fails at such times. When confronted with the fragility of existence and life hangs in the balance, you need a very present help in trouble.
I was tempted to despair but we all chose to declare words of life, safety and deliverance. I asked that there be neither fear nor panic but confident declarations.
Ronke, myself, my parents, the whole family and close believers within and outside Nigeria swung into action, spiritually. Bunmi my sister, alerted the police. We made quick calls of faith, not fear among ourselves.
We invoked the blood of Jesus and employed praise, acknowledging the One fearful in praises, whose mercies endure forever. Tobi had also been invoking the blood amidst his captors.
In less than 2 hours after the abduction, I called Busayo, to say we should switch to praise, only to be told Tobi had just called! He was safe. He had to be. Victory celebration erupted in the house of Ilesanmi.
The details of the deliverance spelt divine intervention.
The abductors had taken him away in a new car, which got demobilized on the way and they told him they will kill him if the car does not start after the count of 5. Before they finished counting, stray policemen showed up! The armed robbers fled.
The police began to beat him up and handcuff him, thinking he was one of the robbers. Before they could “waste” him, another set of policemen which Bunmi had alerted, came to his rescue.
This is not my first time of proving God a very present help in trouble.
I want deliverance not only for my family but for my nation. A system that encourages indiscriminate wastage of life in pursuit of daily bread needs urgent attention.
I will be working actively in concert with others to turn around the destiny of Nigeria. Without necessarily raising our voices in the streets, we will replace the system that breeds robbers with one that encourages industry and service. In union with Christ, we will quietly Renew Nigeria.
Details will emerge soon…
If you are Nigerian, I hope you get involved – as this incident showed, spiritual, not physical presence, counts the most. If you are not Nigerian, please follow the progression of a nation from trouble to peace, with the help of the very present help in trouble.