When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.” – Luke 9:1-3
Packing a suitcase is an art. Not only do we want everything to remain unwrinkled, but we would like to make sure we have everything we will need—without over packing. The “what if” questions start popping up in our mind. What if it rains and I’m stuck inside? Maybe I should bring books or needlework. What if we go to a fancy restaurant or theatre? I better make sure I have the right dress and shoes for that. The list continues and before we know it, we are dragging another suitcase out to fill.
God calls us to depend on him for all things. Yes, be prepared as led, but also be dependent on God for the unexpected, for he will provide. Can you imagine their first thoughts when Jesus sent the disciples out empowered with his authority and then telling them to take nothing on their trip? He gave them what they most needed, and wanted them to look to him for the rest. What do we most need today? Is it for the kingdom? What will God provide? Each day is full of opportunities for God to show his provision to you.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the great way that you take care of me. I pray that I can realize what I truly need for each day and depend on you for the rest. Amen
Faith Tip: Think about your basic needs for today and see how God has provided for them and for the unexpected times.