Daily Topic for November 18, 2006
The “torch was passed” to a new leader in Israel, marking the beginning of the end of Saul’s reign. Saul was a tragic figure, repeatedly taking matters into his own hands and then experiencing the consequences. David, by contrast, would show a consistent sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, acknowledging his dependence and quickly confessing his sin. This is the kind of man (or woman) God uses for His glory among the nations.
Father, we want to have David’s sensitivity and not Saul’s compulsiveness. Lead us in paths of righteousness that bless all the families of the earth.
Hakim stood outside the wooden meetinghouse in his village in Lebanon, straining his ears to hear the mumbled teachings coming from inside. He was an uninitiated Druze, cut off from the innermost teachings of his people’s secretive religion. Hakim hungered to fill the emptiness in his heart but didn’t know where to look. His own people considered him unworthy of knowing the secrets of the Druze religion. He wondered if there was a God who was approachable.
The Druze live in Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Only 20 percent of this people group are initiated into the Druze religion, a mixture of Islamic, Christian and ancient Greek teachings. Contrary to popular belief, the Druze aren’t Muslims, because they reject the required five times a day prayer sessions by the Koran and the pilgrimage to Mecca. But they haven’t found the relationship with Jesus that they need for spiritual fulfillment.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Druze will understand that Jesus offers them love and acceptance, and will gladly accept His loving embrace. Pray that they recognize their lost state and will come to see Christ as the Son of God and not just a prophet. There are several hundred Christian believers among the Druze. May God empower them with the vision to reach out to their people with the gospel.-WK
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