Daily Topic for September 06, 2010

Genesis 1:2-3
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the water. And God said, “Let there be light.”

It is God who takes something that is formless, empty and insignificant and brings order and purpose. The first thing God does in this process is speak words that bring light. Here in this light we come to see that it is God, our Creator, Who gives everything its significance. That is why the message we bring is so powerful: we have the ability to connect every nation’s story, and indeed every person’s story, back to God’s story with its light-giving introduction and eternal conclusion.

Pray that the Irular people will soon find their purpose and identity in their creator.

Irular People in Sri Lanka

by KC

In the Tamil language, the name Irula means “people of darkness.” This could refer to the dark skin of this tribal people, or it might refer to the fact that most of their important events are done in the dark of night. But it could just as easily reflect their spiritual condition.

When a baby is born, they call on elderly women who are versed in magic to “help” the pregnant woman. During one of their death ceremonies, the Irular people dance and rejoice, giving thanks to the gods for preserving the person’s life until the time of death.

There is something good that we can learn from the Irular people. We should thank God for giving and preserving a life when we go to a funeral. Yet we don’t want to make the serious mistake they do in thanking spirits that have nothing to do with life. When Jesus said that He is “the way, the truth and the life” He made it clear that He was the only way to the Heavenly Father. No other spirit being can give life!

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Pray for the Irular people to embrace the life that Christ has for those who receive Him. Pray that they will repent of thanking false gods and turn to the One who gives life.

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