Daily Topic for June 12, 2011
After describing just about everything that people strive for as “meaningless,” the writer ends Ecclesiastes with the statement in 12:13. A healthy fear of God leading to obedience is crucial for all of mankind. By contrast, the Lao peoples fear spirits that they cannot see, hear or touch. They believe that such spirits control their lives and destinies, when in fact, it’s God who holds the future.
Pray that the Lao peoples will soon understand that God holds their future, so that they will begin to fear Him, keep His commandments and give Him their lives.
“It used to be that we could see what we feared,” said the old Lao farmer in northern Cambodia. He then talked about the bad old days, when Communist guerillas terrorized much of Cambodia. The farmer continued, “Now the things we fear are things we can’t see.” He then talked about how life had changed. The children had left the village to find jobs in the city. “I’m wondering who will work my land after I’m gone. Buddha seems to have no answer.”
The Lao are a Buddhist people group. Most live in Laos, located just north of Cambodia. The Lao also fear nature spirits and worship their ancestors. The Lao commonly abuse rice wine. Holidays such as New Year’s, which is celebrated in April, and Harvest are excuses to get drunk. The Buddhist wat, (temple) is the center of village life for many Lao people living in Cambodia. There are very few who follow Christ among this people group.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to raise up people willing to share the message of salvation with the Lao living in Cambodia. Pray that missionaries will reach out to them with the love of Christ. Ask God to prepare the hearts of this people group to see Jesus Christ as the only true source of salvation. May God use dreams and visions to reveal Himself to the Lao people living in Cambodia.