Daily Topic for January 31, 2013
One of the surprising and yet widely misunderstood principles in Scripture is that God has no problem with making people wealthy. All throughout the Bible God raises people up to positions of power and influence. However, the purpose of this blessing must always be understood in the context in which God has placed it. He said to Abraham, “I will bless you. . . and all peoples will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2-3). Without the purpose behind the success, that which was intended to bless can become a curse. The solution to this dilemma is to understand that we are stewards of His blessings. So rather than the blessing being an end in itself, it will be a blessing with the purpose of fulfilling God’s mission to redeem all peoples to Himself.
Pray that as God prospers His people, they might use their influence to advance His kingdom.
“Whoo-hoo!” Mohammed and his brothers were having a great time racing through the desert in their father’s Toyota 4x4. He drove over a sand dune, built up some speed�then hit a rock and broke the front struts!
In the tent that night, Mohammed looked down at the floor as his father paced and scolded him. “Do you think my pickup truck is a toy?” Mohammed muttered, “I’m very sorry, father.” He looked up with tears in his eyes, and his father realized he could back off. He sat beside the teenager and spoke in a gentler tone. “When I was young we had to ride on camels through the hot desert to get our meat to market. Much of it was too rotten to sell, and it stank. Right now meat prices are high, and we can afford to buy an air-conditioned truck to take our beef to market. Don’t ever take what you have for granted.” “Yes, sir,” was all the boy could mutter.
Life is good for the Koyam people of Chad. Owning pickup trucks is a luxury to most people in Chad, but to the Koyams, it is almost a given, according to “Peoples on the Move.” But spiritually, things do not look good for them. “Peoples on the Move” comments, “The Koyam are staunch Muslims and may well prove to be the last to consider the gospel.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will give the Koyam people hearts that are open when they hear about Christ the King.