Daily Topic for September 10, 2007
Chapters 1 through 11 of Genesis have set the stage for a watershed event in chapter 12. Indeed, God’s commissioning of Abram sets the stage for the rest of the Scriptures! The golden thread that runs through the entire Bible and through all of history is God’s call to Abram and his descendants to be stewards of God’s resources (“I will bless you”) in order to accomplish a specific responsibility (bless all peoples). Just as God outlined His plan for Abram and his family, so He calls us today to a commitment to that same plan and purpose.
Lord, move us now to extend these blessings to other peoples.
In a letter to his mother, Alexander the Great wrote, “I am involved in the land of a leonine and brave people, where every foot of ground is like a well of steel confronting my soldiers. You have brought only one son into the world, but everyone in this land can be called an Alexander.” He was referring to the Jats who are primarily located in northwestern India and southern Pakistan. The British, too, observed the Jats’ fierce independence and courage. They classified Jats as a “martial race” and recruited heavily from their ranks for service in the colonial army.
These people live scattered around the world, yet they retain their own identity, often based upon occupations and heritage. They may be Hindu, Sikh or Muslim; they may live around the globe, but they are brave, hard-working people who both desire and possess the ability to rule. A well known Jat proverb expresses their unique self-confidence: “Men may come and go, but I go on forever.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Christian medical teams and humanitarian workers to go to Jat communities. Pray for faithful intercessors to tear down the strongholds which keep them away from Christ. Pray for resources to penetrate the Jats with the light of the gospel. Pray for the conversion of key Jat leaders who will boldly proclaim the gospel to their own people.-JS