Daily Topic for October 03, 2007
The Lord’s instructions to Joshua were very clear: “Do it My way, just like I told Moses.” Hundreds of years later, Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now the Overseas Missionary Fellowship), likewise affirmed, “God’s work done in God’s way will not lack God’s supply.” Not only are God’s presence and power essential for success in His work, but we must also work according to God’s revealed will. It is easy to fall into the trap of substituting human wisdom and understanding for obedience to God’s Word.
Dear Lord, protect us from the temptation to try to do Your work in our own wisdom and strength. Teach us to seek Your guidance continually.
(Continued from yesterday)
Dorothy refused to go! Should William follow his call from God and go to India without his wife? The Scripture seemed hard: “He that is not willing to leave father and mother and wife…” (Luke 14:26). Sorrowfully, Carey prepared to go. But before the ship left, Carey again urged Dorothy to come. “Only if my sister goes too,” she said. And so they sailed for India in 1793.
During the first year of ministry in Bengal, almost no financial support came from the mission board in England. So Carey took a job as foreman of an indigo factory. He found it ideal for learning Bengali and witnessing. Each day, after hours, he worked on translating the Bible. In 1800 the William Carey family moved to Serampore. There he was joined by Joshua Marshman and William Ward, and the three men, with their wives and nine children, lived together as members of the Serampore Mission. In 1801, Carey published the first completed Bengali New Testament.
William Carey was totally given into the Lord’s hands. And because of his little book (The Enquiry) and the testimony of his life, Protestants in Europe and America caught the vision of the unreached. Within a few years they Protestants had organized themselves into a number of mission agencies and began reaching out to every continent.-AL from William Carey, by Mary Drewery, Zondervan, 1979.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will give the perseverance He gave Carey to missionaries today.