Daily Topic for October 11, 2007
At first, Joshua’s response to the defeat at Ai predictably focused on the shame and reproach it brought to Israel. Then Joshua realized that the defeat would encourage the peoples of Canaan to despise Israel’s God as well. Are we, as God’s people, aware of the impact of our sin and disobedience on the nations of the earth today? Are we concerned about the scorn our spiritual weakness brings on the name of our God? Are we concerned enough to repent, confess our sin, and seek holiness?
O God, use us to bring glory, not shame, to Yourself. Your Name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
“I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7 NAS)
When the Internet doesn’t know about a people group it must really be a tiny one! Thank God that though the Sodagars might be minute in numbers, they are not insignificant to God. God still loves the Sodagar people.
Only a dozen Muslim Sodagar families remain in their adopted home of Patan in western India. A century ago there were more than 450 of these multi-lingual trading families. They came from southern Arabia and continue to call themselves Arab Sheiks. The cotton and textile manufacturing that used to flourish in Patan is now dwindling to almost nothing. The Sodagar family homes, culture and lives are also crumbling. Most have moved away. Those who remain risk falling into a life of poverty, a life that their great-grandparents never expected when they moved to south Asia.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the women who are veiled except for their eyes, will have their spiritually unseeing eyes unveiled to the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that their meager trade with Western nations and others will increase especially with Christian merchants who can potentially take them the gospel. Pray that they will hear and receive the gospel.-PE