Daily Topic for January 01, 2008

Ps. 147:19, 20
"He has revealed His Word to Jacob, His laws and decrees to Israel. He has done this for no other nation; they do not know His laws."

Israel’s highest privilege was her stewardship of the Word of God. Yahweh revealed His commands and precepts, His laws and ordinances, His judgments and decrees to Jacob’s descendants. He ordained the nation as a “kingdom of priests,” responsible to mediate His Word to those around them. God entrusted no other nation with such a privilege and related responsibility. Today we are surrounded by numerous translations of the Bible. Do we recognize that this privilege carries with it the same awesome responsibility to bless the nations?

Father, we have such abundant access to Your Word that we easily take it for granted. Give us a new compassion for those without the Scriptures and without the knowledge of Christ.

Shanabla People of Sudan

“I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the Kingdom of God. If anything I have will advance that Kingdom, it shall be given away or kept only as by giving or keeping it I may advance the Kingdom of Him I love.” This principle David Livingstone followed all his life.

Livingstone was born to committed Christian parents in Scotland in 1813. During his youth, the family at first attended the Anglican Church, then changed to an independent chapel. Because of their poverty, David had to help support the family by working in a factory rather than getting the education he so desired. But with his first earnings he bought “Rudiments of Latin,” which he studied at night. In fact he devoured all the books he could get his hands on. His brilliant mind and insatiable thirst for knowledge often led him into the countryside in search of botanical, geological and zoological specimens.

When David was 20, he experienced the great spiritual change, which determined his future. After reading Dick’s “Philosophy of a Future State” he wrote, “.... It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Him who died for me by devoting my life to His service.” He wanted to prepare for missionary service immediately. But his family needed help, so he delayed his education until he was 23 years old. (Continued tomorrow)

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Pray for God to give perseverance to today’s potential missionaries.-AL

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