101 Devotionals for Boys from the Lives of Great Christians and 101 Devotionals for Girls from the Lives of Great Christians will both be published in 2017. We’re publishing one or two devotionals a week to give you a taste of what you’ll get in those two gift books. This one is based on a story from Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia (Hidden Heroes #4).
When George Boardman came as a missionary to Burma in 1828, he saw that the Burman people had idols, but the Karen people didn’t. When he asked them who or what they worshiped, they said, “No one,” so he thought they were atheists.
But they weren’t. They knew very well that there was a spirit world. They knew about the greatest God, Yuwah, but their ancient stories told them that He had gone far, far away, too far for them to worship.
The Karen people weren’t atheists, not at all. But it took George Boardman and other missionaries quite some time to find that out.
Do you know any people with a confused religion? Maybe they think that God is far, far away from them so they can’t really draw near to Him. But the good news is that God is near—He has come close in the person of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” ~Psalm 145:18
Lord God, thank You that You are near to those who call out to You. Help me to carry this good news to others.