Daily Topic for January 30, 2007
Daniel was given a glimpse of the end times, and in particular, as seen in these verses, of the Great White Throne judgment seat. (See also Revelation 20:11-15.) The dead will then stand before the Father’s throne and be judged according to what they have done. What an awesome vision for Daniel to behold! As he continued to watch, the Son of Man was led into the Father’s presence and “was given authority, glory, and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him” (7:14). How glorious and how comforting! God has not given us an impossible commission. It will be accomplished as we yield ourselves to Him.
Lord, we thank You for this glimpse of the future. Hasten the day, when through us, some from every nation will sing Your praises.
Another Friday night goes by and the Susu youth doesn’t know how much longer he can take it. Although he used to look forward to the Friday meetings at the mosque, he and most of his friends have started questioning some of the Islamic ideas. He would like to move to Conakry, the capital city where more young people live, but he doesn’t think his father would ever consider it. As their village’s designated “wise man” who resolves conflicts between neighbors, it would be difficult for him to leave those who rely on him.
What this young man doesn’t know is that things aren’t necessarily better in the cities like Conakry. Because of its location on a narrow peninsula that goes 25 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the people lack adequate land and skills for farming. This has led to poverty.
The Susu people are 85 percent Muslim, and Islam dominates their religious culture and practices. Many show prejudice against their African Christian neighbors. According to a key missionary serving in the area, the young appear receptive to change now that the communist regime in Guinea has ended.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that cross-cultural evangelists would be mobilized to overcome the Islamic barriers of reaching the Susus. Pray that the youth will respond to the gospel.-PS