It was said yesterday, that tragedy is regrettable and lamentable results of events. It is a produce of wasted opportunity resulting in great lose or misfortune. We looked into such tragedy of Adam in the Garden of Eden and that of King Rehoboam who would have ruled the twelve tribes of Israel if he had taken the advice of the elders. In the secular worlds, thousands are there with stories of woes from wasted opportunities. Today’s devotional will be giving few examples of such people. A politician was opportuned to get into his State House of Assembly. He was given a good portfolio and got huge amount of money. He bought a fully built and equipped hotel. The moment he bought it he announced to those living around the hotel to get in and take whatever they could. Everything thing was taken away. He pulled down the former structure, erected pillars for new structure. The story ended there. This was a tragedy of wasted opportunity.
If truth has to be admitted, one will agree that many nations have wasted lots of opportunities and are suffering from the tragedies, especially the Black African Nations. For many of us, gaining independence was opportunity. The colonial power left us with their establishments as well as accomplishments. We ended up dismantling all, looted what they left for us. The functional educational policies, the wonderful equipped hospitals, the grade “A” roads constructed for us and many more were wasted. Where we are now, portends regrettable and lamentable place. Many African nations who were given powerful military structures and dependable infantry soldiers lost the opportunities. Many Africa military systems are too corrupt and almost powerless as politicians were allowed to maneuver them at all angle. The wasted opportunities in our nations are too numerous to mention.
The main focus of these devotionals is not the tragedy but the realization and taken decision to remedy the situations. Politicians of every nation have the responsibilities to remedy these tragedies. We in Africa have no reason to blame everything on past leaders, the colonial powers, and the religious people. We are all responsible for our tragedies. What we were given to maintain we destroyed. What we were entrusted with we sold out. The healthy treasuries we met by opportunity, we emptied and transferred to personal accounts. The counting is endless. This translates to means that we are careless and failed to give thoughts to how to handle our given opportunities prudently. This is why parts of our text today say that: “A simple man believes anything but, a prudent man gives thoughts to his steps…The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge” (Prov. 14: 15, 18 NIV). We all must act now or never.
FATHER JEHOVAH, enable my nation to realize our tragedies occasioned by wasted opportunities and give us knowledge to remedy them in the name of Jesus Christ. We are all responsible for the tragedies and we must be the ones to remedy them in Jesus name.