Daily Topic for September 29, 2009
Joseph’s perspective on the sovereignty of God gave him a powerful lens through which to interpret both his life and world history itself. Scripture tells us that in Christ the same perspective Joseph had is assured for us today: God causes all things to work together for good . . . to those who are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28). That purpose is to bring the blessing of a covenant relationship with the Creator God to every nation, tribe, people, and language. When we are walking in the light of that purpose we can be sure to always have the proper perspective on everything that happens in our lives and in our world.
Pray that God’s redemptive plan for the Khondh people will become so apparent to them that they turn away from the worship of false gods, and embrace their Creator.
It looks like something you might see in an old black-and-white movie: tribals gathering from surrounding villages to offer rice, chickens, pigeons and goats at their sacred mountain. This is not a scene from a movie, and it isn’t set in the distant past! It is taking place today in the Kalahandi district of Orissa, India. The Khondh people have been congregating at Niyamgiri Mountain for mass pujas in order to worship their god, Niyam Raja. More than just an exercise in animism, they are hoping to save their most holy site from the forces of modern industry.
The Khondhs not only revere the forces of nature but also have a high respect for natural resources. They are convinced that their livelihood hinges on conserving the forests, water sources and mountains. So the intrusion of mining operations into their homeland is both a spiritual and a physical threat. The destiny of Niyamgiri Mountain, the Khondh believe, will determine their own. If it survives, they too will survive. If it is violated, their way of life may well come to an end.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to speak to Khondh village leaders. Pray for God to clearly communicate to the Khondh people His identity as their Creator and true source of life, protection and provision. Ask Him to open their eyes to the gospel of Jesus Christ and show them the bright future He intends for them.-CL