Daily Topic for February 16, 2009

Dan. 3:17-18
"'The God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image....'"

What courage, and what insight! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego teach us at least three lessons as we confront the challenge of principalities and powers raised up against the knowledge of God. First, God is able to deliver His servants from danger, and give us great boldness and confidence. Nothing is too hard for Him! Second, He is not obligated to rescue His servants from physical harm; His power is directed by His wisdom. Third, a balanced view of God’s ability and His providence keeps us from timidity on the one hand or presumption on the other.

Pray that our wonderful Lord will teach us to walk in truth and wisdom as we face challenges to His authority.

Bedik people of Senegal

They live in caves, far from Dakar, the capitol of Senegal. Members of Bedik secret societies make and wear elaborately decorated masks for ceremonies that they believe will bless their harvests. It takes many hours to collect the right leaves and tree fibers to make these masks that are kept in mystical forest groves. The Bediks are Animists who worship nature spirits, but they are aware of the existence of Islam, the main religion of the neighboring Fulbe people groups. The Bediks hate the Fulbe because they allow their livestock to graze on the farm lands of the Bediks.

The Bediks usually try to avoid contact with outsiders, but such isolation is rapidly becoming impossible as the population of this small country grows.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask God to send faithful workers to reach out to the Bedik people group before an ugly clash with the more militant Fulbe leads to their extermination. A few Bediks have been won to the Lord in recent years. Pray that they will be trained and empowered to give the message of salvation to their people group. Pray that these believers will be an economic as well as a spiritual blessing to the Bedik people.-WK

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