Daily Topic for January 13, 2007

Is. 40:15, 17
"Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket.... Before Him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by Him as worthless and less than nothing."

To stand before a wall-sized world map is to catch a glimpse of the immensity of this earth. Yet Isaiah asserts that when we stand before the Creator, the creation dwindles to comparative insignificance. What perspective this fact gives to God’s people! We are so easily overawed by the scope of the Great Commission that our resolve weakens and our courage fails. But God is greater than His commission, greater than His earth, greater than any obstacles we will face. And though His power regards the nations as “worthless and less than nothing,” His love regards them as infinitely precious and worthy of the death of His Son.

Almighty God, teach us to fix our eyes on You so that we may act in faith before the nations.

Work Among Bambara

Bambara women stand at the crossroads hearing two different calls. From one direction they hear the call of Islam, a religion that they have followed on a surface level. The path is wide. From the other direction, they hear a call to follow the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

Two strangers from another tribe approach one Bambara home after another and invite the women to a “storying session.” In spite of bone-weary bodies from their day’s fieldwork, they eagerly go to the designated place to hear stories of Jesus. The attendance is small but the women are faithful in coming. One of the two strangers explains her motive: “God says that if you know His Word you should tell it to another person.”

But there is the possibility of a call in the distance that may soon become too loud for these same women to ignore. The few Christian believers in the village fear that an invitation to an Islamic school by their village leaders will increase Islamic activity. Such an invitation has not yet been issued.

In this village, they know much more about traditional Animism than about Islam. This is also true of many of the surrounding Bambara villages. Pray for the seed already sown to produce a harvest of eternal value and for another outsider couple to join these two story-telling women.

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Pray for a harvest of new believers as Bambara people listen to Bible stories.-MC

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