Daily Topic for January 10, 2012
Solomon’s exhortation for us to share our blessings carries with it the reiteration of a major biblical theme: we receive when we give, we are blessed as we bless others, and we experience real life as we experience daily death to self and sin. How difficult it is for us to really believe the truth of such a paradox! How easy it is instead to clutch at our possessions so that they won’t slip through our fingers. Yet God honors the man or woman willing to take Him at His word.
Pray for faith to cast your bread upon the waters!
“We have nothing left now!” Koshin says to his wife Ikraan. “After you milked the goat this morning, I killed her for meat. That will have to feed us until we reach the refugee camp.” Ikraan says, “It is Allah’s will.”
This couple is part of the Digil-Rahawiin people group. A local river usually makes their homeland along the southwestern border of Somalia fertile. Now, because of the drought and famine, they have joined the others trekking to foreign aid centers farther south. They pass the carcasses of animals that died along the way. Although accustomed to the heat and dryness, they will use all their strength to reach help.
Even before the drought the Digil-Rahawiin people lived on the margins of their society. In the 1930s Colonial Italy left southern Somalia exploited and without the training they needed to govern themselves. Then the British took over, but after they left, the formerly British northern tribes quickly took control of Somalia. Independence led to reaction against the West, which led to Communism, which led to a ruined and lawless land.
Pray that aid workers will be safe and able to demonstrate the unconditional love of Christ to these needy families. Pray that meeting the physical needs of the Digil-Rahawiin people will give them the opportunity to tell these people about the One who tells His followers to go and feed the hungry.