Daily Topic for September 01, 2008

Gen. 1:1
"In the beginning, God . . . "

One of the most remarkable truths the Bible tells us is that the One who created the heavens and the earth didn’t do so anonymously. He desires to be known, and can be known, and has revealed all of His divine attributes in creation itself (Rom. 1:20). Indeed, “God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out and find Him” (Acts 17:27). That men in every nation have sought to find God is evidence of this reality. Bible translators have yet to find a dialect that is without a word for the Creator God! At the same time, all peoples have found that there is something that separates us from our Creator. The ruins of our decaying bridges to reach Him are there to remind us.

Pray that the whole earth, and every nation, might be filled with the knowledge of His glory as the waters cover the sea.

Buxas People

As a child from a wealthy upper caste Sikh home in northern India in the 1960s, Sukhwant Singh Bhatia loved to pray. His pious mother taught Sukhwant and his siblings to pray to her Sikh god. By the time he turned 15, doubts about the existence of a god began to torment him. When he entered college at age 18, he began to initiate debates where he claimed he could prove that a god did not exist. During one debate, a boy put the question to him: “Have you read the Bible? Do you know what Christians believe?” The next morning he decided to look into Christianity.

Christianity has been and still is seen by most Indians as the religion of the poor, and the “untouchable” Dalits. That’s because when missionaries from William Carey’s day came in contact with the outcastes, and they felt the love and the care of the missionaries, they were the first people to respond.

Then in the middle of the semester in 1979, a Christian English teacher, Arup Das, studying for his master’s degree, came to his college. Sukhwant decided to take a chance and get acquainted with this new student, even though he knew that if his mother found out, he would have to take a ceremonial bath before he would be considered “clean” enough to enter her house.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Hindu and Sikh students in India to have an open heart to the gospel.

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