Daily Topic for June 26, 2011
Money and other resources that we “have” actually are on loan from the Lord. He gives everyone, believer and unbeliever, the ability to produce wealth. Some fritter it away with frivolous gambling, like the Cantonese people we read about today. Though this is an obvious example of the misuse of God’s resources, can you think of any way that you are misusing the resources He has entrusted to you?
Pray that you and your congregation will be lead to use the wealth we “have” in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.
“I’ll bet $100 it’s going to rain today!” Chun-Kit said in his native Cantonese. “I’ll bet $200,” Jok-Yu replied. “It’s not going to rain,” Ka-Ho chimed in. “I’ll put up $500 to show you both how sure I am.”
The Cantonese love to gamble as much or more than other ethnic groups in Cambodia. It’s not uncommon for elderly Cantonese men to loll away their mornings in coffee shops betting on the rain. Bets often soar into the hundreds of dollars.
It is also not uncommon to find a wall in Cantonese homes covered with altars to an array of gods, endowed with food sacrifices and burning incense. It is out of fear, however, not devotion, that the Cantonese serve these gods. Not to do so invites disaster—poverty, sickness, and bad luck. Their real god is that of wealth.
The Cantonese make up about 10 percent of the Chinese population in Cambodia. Most reside in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital and largest city. Most are mechanics, appliance repairmen, craftsmen, and carpenters. They’re hard workers, struggling to make ends meet. They rarely take time off from their jobs, except for the Chinese New Year when most take three to four days off to celebrate.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to break down spiritual strongholds among the Cantonese, and remove their focus on gaining wealth, a barrier that keeps them from responding to the good news of Jesus. Pray that they will put their trust in Him for their real satisfaction.