The Land of the Rising Sun

The first morning in Japan, I awakened at 4:00 AM.  It was bright outside.  I thought to myself, “No wonder they call this the Land of the Rising Sun.  Any place where the sun arises this early should be known by that name.”

In actuality, Japan is known as Nippon or Nihon (we flew on All Nippon Airways or ANA), which literally means, “the sun’s origin” or “land of the rising sun”.  This name apparently developed from correspondence between Japan and China and reflects the fact that the sun rises first in Japan since it is east of China (guess which country probably wrote this first?).

As we fellowship with the missionaries of Asian Access, one thing is very apparent.  There is a desire in their hearts to see the people of Japan come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  They labor long and they labor hard. 

We have joined them in praying for an awakening in Japan.  We pray that the Japanese people will come to faith in Christ by the tens of thousands.

An awakening like this can only come with a dedicated prayer effort because only God will be able to penetrate the hearts and minds of those who call the Land of the Rising Sun their home.

I believe that one of the things that keep them from the Lord is their great pride as a nation.  They called themselves the sun’s origin for a reason. 

My prayer is that they would see the futility of believing only in themselves and turn to the only One who is worthy of worship. 

May they someday soon become the Land of the Risen Son!

Something to think about…

Missions Comment: The boastful pride of life is listed as not being from the Father, but is from the world.  Every nation should have national pride.  There are things for which we should be proud.  However, there is a pride that keeps us from knowing God.  It’s the kind of pride that exalts what man thinks and does over what God thinks and does.  Missionaries need to love the culture in which they find themselves without being swallowed up by it.  We need to pray that missionaries will always keep an eternal perspective as they minister in the land to  which they have been called.