Daily Topic for December 06, 2006

Job 1:8
"The Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job?'"

The book of Job teaches us many lessons about the sovereignty of God, the drama of faith, and the role of suffering. But in the first chapter we also catch a revealing glimpse of a conversation between God and Satan, a glimpse that reminds us that a war rages in the heavenly realms for the souls of men and women. Behind the ebb and flow of human circumstances is the conflict between the Accuser of men and the Redeemer of men. In light of this spiritual battle, the Scriptures admonish us to put on the full armor of God and to “stand firm.” Job struggled to understand his circumstances, but he was able to affirm, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at last He will take His stand on the earth” (Job 19:25).

Lord, “take Your stand” among those 10,000 unreached peoples without a church in their midst.

Muslim Shibushi People of the Comoro Islands

Blended lifestyle of traditional and modern ways paint a stark demarcation between the older and younger generations of the Shibushi people. The younger ones are educated in the French secular system. They tend to pursue Western ideas such as relativism (no absolute truth), a desire for career and material wealth, relaxed moral codes, fashion and independence. This young force challenges the traditional Islamic ways of the older generation. Generally, Shibushi people are proud to be Islamic, and yet many still resort to spirits “jinns” for help.

Theirs is one of the language groups of Mayotte, one of the Comoro Islands. They were plantation workers who migrated from Madagascar in the latter 19th century. Today they have grown to 40,000 strong. French support poured into the Comoro Islands to extend free education and affordable medical care. Hence the Shibushi people don’t feel the sting of material needs. Their deprivation is of a spiritual nature.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

May the Lord send His workers from African countries to the Shibushis. Pray that the younger generation who are educated and hoping for change will find that Jesus is the answer to their many questions. Pray that the older people will discover Isa Al Mashih as Lord and Savior. May they be delivered from the fear of jinns.-RG

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