Daily Topic for December 29, 2008
Whatever our ministry in the harvest field, there will be tears: tears of frustration or of grief. Barriers in cross-cultural seed-planting are particularly hard to break down. Barriers often include a new language, age-old traditions, spiritual blindness, and demonic opposition, as well as illiteracy and poverty. But the blindest eyes can recognize the sower’s compassion, his helping hands, his thoughtful understanding. God’s Word can shatter rocks and hardened clods of earth, enabling the seed to take root and begin to grow. The caring, the helping-and the weeping-often continue for many long years. First the sowing and the nurture, then the harvest and the joy! Then, the singing!
Pray faithfully for God’s laborers in hard fields as they persevere in their work next year.
Can the wrongs from the Holocaust ever be made right? Polish Jews in Israel are angry and disappointed because the Polish government cannot or will not return personal property taken by the Nazis in World War II. In 1939, about 3,474,000 Jewish people lived in Poland. Most died in combat, in extermination camps or from starvation in ghettos. Germans and Poles destroyed several hundred synagogues, sometimes forcing the Jews to set their own places of worship on fire. Remaining synagogues became factories, prisons or places of entertainment. Millions of Poles also lost their property to the Nazis, and later to the Communists, so they don’t think that the Jews should get special treatment.
Today, 397,000 out of 400,000 Polish-speaking Jews live in Israel, according to the Joshua Project. Few of them lived through the ordeal of the Nazi Holocaust or the Communist takeover of Poland after the war. But the war of words continues. Jesus Christ offers the freedom of forgiveness! We have all offended our loving, Creator God. We can make the death of Jesus Christ meaningful to oneself by accepting His forgiveness and following His example of forgiving those who have offended us.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Jewish people who lived through the Holocaust as well as their descendents will accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. Ask God to help them receive His forgiveness and pass it on to others.-AK