Daily Topic for November 05, 2007

1 Sam. 4:3
"Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies"

Worship of Yahweh had degenerated into superstition. It was not the ark of the covenant which would save Israel from their enemies, but the God of the Covenant who fervently desired to redeem them-and their enemies too! Their misunderstanding of God’s heart not only resulted in the loss of the ark and the defeat of their army, but it also made it all the more difficult for the nations around them to come to know God’s lovingkindness and tender mercies. It is true today, as then, that “blessing all the families of the earth” is the surest way to make our enemies into friends.

Father, teach us not to trust in horses or chariots (or missiles and bombs) but to take Your gospel to those who hate us and to therein find our security.

Chitrali People of Pakistan

Whole families walked down from the mountain passes with their herds of cattle, to the refugee camp located in the hot Pakistani desert. They were members of the Chitrali people group, fleeing religious persecution in neighboring Afghanistan. They began coming in the 1990s and the exodus continues to this day.

The Chitralis are mostly Shi’ite Muslims. Most other Afghan people groups are Sunni Muslims. The persecution began during the 1990s, when the Taliban rose to power in Afghanistan. It continued after the Taliban was ousted from power in 2003. The Chitralis homeland in Pakistan’s Northwestern Province is one of the Taliban’s last strongholds. Terror attacks have forced the nomadic Chitralis cattle herding families to continue fleeing into Pakistan. In Pakistan, they still face persecution. It is very common for Pakistan’s Sunni Muslim majority to kill members of Shi’ite Muslim peoples.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask God to raise up relief workers to reach out to the Chitralis. No longer able to move their herds, overgrazing has caused food shortages for these poor people. May God meet their physical and spiritual needs. Pray also for peace in the region where the refugee camps are located. These camps are close to the Afghan border, within easy striking range of Taliban raiders.-WK

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