Daily Topic for July 23, 2012
A materialistic society tends to measure gain exclusively in financial or material terms. Paul here reveals God’s counter-cultural value system. Gain is not measured by material wealth, but by a godly contentment with what we have. Can you imagine what would happen if every committed believer were to covenant with God to be content with necessities and to use extra funds to support new missions outreach? What a fantastic leap in world evangelization would result from such a response!
Pray that God will give us His perspective on things and teach us to be faithful stewards of His gifts.
There is an old Afghan proverb that says, “Drop by drop, a river is formed.” There have been projects that fit well with the essence of this proverb. These projects have brought hope to some of the 500,000 Muslim Pashai people of eastern Afghanistan.
An Afghan civil engineer directed a project to build medical clinics for thousands of people like the nomadic Pashais who live in remote areas. The clinics include a new food storage area that is providing food for many malnourished children, and approximately 75 babies are being delivered in the clinics each month. There is also a new reading program available to Pashai people who otherwise might not have the chance to learn to read. (http://www.dvidshub.net/news/60735/dari-noor-gets-two-new-medical-clinics#.T2A> Mp_H2bII#ixzz1p3cGgOHB)
Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” Though the Pashai people now have new opportunities to have their physical needs met, they still lack opportunities to have their spiritual needs satisfied in Christ. Just as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years, the Pashai people rely on the teachings of the Qur’an rather than those of Jesus Christ for their spiritual nourishment.
Pray that God will provide all that is needed so the Pashai people will trust God and find everlasting peace in Christ. Pray that nothing will prevent God’s truth from reaching them.