Daily Topic for February 01, 2014
God has built a natural curiosity into us, and He can use it for His purposes. When Moses saw an enflamed bush that wouldn’t be consumed, Moses was curious. God then called to Moses from out of the bush and said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.” God then introduced Himself and gave Moses His assignment to free His people from slavery in Egypt and bring them into the land He had promised them.
Pray that God will give the unreached peoples an intense curiosity to learn of the One who created them. Pray for God to raise up people like Moses who will lead them out of the spiritual slavery of works-righteousness based religious systems and into the knowledge of the grace of the One True God.
Mildred Swan knew what she wanted to be in 1920 at age 10: a missionary. It sounded like a saintly thing to do for a British girl whose family raised her in the ways of the Lord. As she reached college age, she wanted to become a teacher, but her father would only pay for her college education if she promised not to marry. Why pay for tuition if she is going to marry and quit her teaching career after a year? Not interested in marriage at that stage of her life, she glibly agreed.
College provided a hurdle to young Mildred’s unchallenged faith. She didn’t know that not everyone accepted the Bible as God’s truth until she entered a college classroom. Ironically, in Brighton, the same place where Hudson Taylor once felt God’s defining call to start a new mission agency, Mildred began to doubt her faith. Freudian psychology and Darwinian thinking were in vogue, and her professors wanted to make sure the students understood the latest beliefs. Putting aside her faith, “Swannie” as she was now called, began to experiment with drinking, smoking, dancing, and flirting.
But this did not last long. Browsing through poetry in a bookshop, she came across the poem, “The Hound of Heaven,” and decided to return to her first love. She turned her back on her hedonistic ways and applied for a position with the British Churchmen’s Missionary Society.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will bring many wayward believers back to their first love this coming year.