Daily Topic for October 29, 2011
Caleb is an example of what determination and perseverance can look like in a man of God. The Kamboj people are noted for having these virtues as well. Unfortunately, without being tempered by the Holy Spirit, such virtues can sometimes morph into vices. People need to persevere for the right reasons and causes. As it stands, these competent people “persevere” for personal gain while neglecting their spiritual need for Jesus. They settle for various false religions.
Pray that God will raise up an army of wholehearted Calebs from among the Kamboj people to serve Him with diligence and perseverance.
“For sheer tenacity and persistence, nobody can beat the Kambojs,” stated M.S. Randhawa, the former Vice Chancellor of Punjab University. Writers have often admired the Kamboj people for their talents as agriculturalists and soldiers. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamboj)
Centuries ago, the Kamboj people migrated east from what is now Iran into the Indian subcontinent. As time went on, many of them became government officials, though many settled down as farmers. Many who lived in western India adopted Hinduism. Over the years many Kamboj people converted to other religions. They lived in places like Kashmir and Punjab, where Hindu and Muslim armies fought bitterly. Some adopted one of these two religions, but many became Sikhs. There are even a small number of Buddhists and Jains among the Kamboj, but no followers of Jesus Christ.
You can say that they are one of India’s most religiously diverse people groups, as well as one of her most competent. Yet as a people, they have not found it in their hearts to submit to the One who yearns to have them become part of His Kingdom. They have remained part of several religions, but few if any have given Jesus a chance to change their lives.
Pray that these religiously diverse people will turn their backs on religion and embrace the One who wants them for His own. Pray that the Kamboj people will soon bow their knees to Jesus Christ as lord of their lives.