Daily Topic for August 11, 2009
Water from both icy cold springs and hot springs flowed through a large stone aqueduct into the city of Laodicea. Unfortunately, by the time the water had made the long trip into the city, it was usually lukewarm. Likewise, the water of the Ganges River is typically filthy, yet there are tributaries that have clean water. Can we add filth to clean water and expect it to be acceptable for drinking? The Gwala people, like any other people group that make their living by their livestock, must have clean water so their animals will be healthy.
Pray that the Gwalas and other pastoral people will understand the analogy that nature provides of the need for purity. Pray that they will seek this purity in Christ alone.
Gwala people dance wildly in the Jugal Kishorji Temple to please Lord Krishna. These shepherds depend on the water of the Ganges River and her many tributaries for their sheep and cattle. When their livestock are safe, the Gwala people gather for a colorful tradition that has been wildly popular for at least 350 years. It is the no-moon day of the month of Kartik on the Hindu calendar. In the Bundelkhand Region of Madhya Pradesh, the dance begins to the sound of music and drums. Dancers wear colorful clothes and hold a peacock feather as they reenact the story of Lord Krishna and other denizens. Indra, an infuriated rain god, flooded the citizens until Krishna lifted the Gowardhan Mountain on his finger to provide shelter from the pouring rains.
Like so many people who live near the Ganges River, the Gwala people give credit where it is not due. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25, NIV).Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that they will understand that they are now standing on a foundation of sand, and that the Gwalas must find the Lord Jesus Christ, their true rock and shelter.-CH