Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Lord is our Provision

During Jesus' earthly ministry, He sent His disciples out to preach, teach, heal, cast out demons, and further the kingdom of God. In Mark 6:7-11 we read about one occasion of Jesus sending out His disciples. We are told that He sent them out in pairs. That reinforces the reality that we need each other for encouragement and support. We also told that He gave them authority over unclean spirits. They were to deliver people from demon possession.

What is surprising about His instructions is that His disciples were told to take nothing with them. In fact, "He instructed them to take nothing for the road except a walking stick: no bread, no traveling bag, no money in their money belts" (verse 8). Why? Why were they instructed to take nothing with them? Some Bible students suggest that the disciples were to receive these things from the people that they were ministering to. It seems more likely that Jesus was teaching His disciples to be dependent upon Him for their provision. He would meet their needs, no matter where they were.

That truth is still in force today. Jesus will / does meet the needs of His people. He meets our needs so that He receives the glory. Certainly you and I have responsibilities before the Lord. Let us continually look to Him to be our provision.

Praying today for:
(1) Lake O' the Pines = Eagle Landing
(2) State = Virginia
(3) Nation = Morocco
(4) South Asian Peoples

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