Mrs Rebecca Sharibu collapsed when she heard the news in Dapchi, Borno State Nigeria. One hundred and ten girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram last month, February 2018, and her daughter was among them. Now the all girls have been released, except her daughter, Leah.
The anguish in the hearts of Leah’s parents right now must be beyond human words. As the world rejoices at the release of the kidnapped girls, Mr and Mrs Sharibu lament in despair.
Leah is a Christian and she refused to renounce her Christian faith. This is the reason she was not released. Though her parents are in pain, the situation speaks volumes about Leah’s faith.
Only God can give the kind of Faith that will not fail in the face of death. It is divine. Jesus said His followers shall be hated because of Him. Leah Sharibu is suffering on account of her faith and at such a tender age. Though Leah’s parents and Christians globally, cry out to God for her release, we must be proud of Leah. 1 Peter 2:20 says, “But even if you suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED.” Let us remember the God Leah serves is able to deliver her to the uttermost.
Leah Sharibu is suffering for being a Christian (1 Peter 4:16, 1 Peter 5:10, Matthew 10:39). Let the weak say they are strong. God is sovereign over a person’s soul and He is the only one to be feared. Christ has purchased for Leah, eternity and the treasures of Heaven, which no man can ever give her.
Brethren; Believers in Christ all over the world, please continue to pray for Leah Sharibu’s release. We pray because we have hope. Death could not hold Christ captive and neither does it hold those who believe in Him captive. Hallelujah.
©️ Ruth Dickson
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