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Lenten Devo Day 28

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

A Journey with No Preparation

Daniel Copeland

Mark 6:7-13

We have all faced times at work, home, play, sports, etc. when we felt unprepared. Sometimes it is our fault. Sometimes we are a victim of circumstance. But have you ever been deliberately unprepared…knowing what was ahead and purposefully not doing anything? This is exactly what Jesus told his disciples to do.

By this point, the disciples knew how to prepare for a trip: something to eat, clean clothes, and a place to stay. Jesus told them to deliberately not do any of those things. Why? The disciples needed to learn that Jesus (God) was their sufficiency. (Deuteronomy 8:3) Jesus wanted them to see the power of God provide for their needs. He also wanted them to see God’s working power in the miracles He performed.

The disciples believed in Jesus, so they were willing to step out on faith. They watched His miracles and believed He could provide for their needs.

What does this mean for us? Be willing to take on jobs you haven’t tried before. Teach a Sunday school class, go talk to your neighbor, volunteer to help. Believe God will provide and make up for your lack of knowing.

Does this mean we aren’t supposed to prepare? No!! Jesus later told them to bring preparations. (Luke 22:36) In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul instructs Timothy to study and prepare.

In verse 13, we see the results. The disciples’ faith grew. Many were helped and the kingdom of God advanced.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please give us the courage and the strength we need to step out, even if we feel unprepared. Lord be our preparation and sufficiency in all you have called us to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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