Thursday, December 9, 2010

Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Thursday, December 9th

Scripture: Mark 6:8
These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.

Reflection: In our world we need money for just about everything.  But in a life lived seeking to follow God’s call, sometimes you will be called to go without. 

            In this passage Jesus is sending out pairs of disciples to go and prepare the way for him and the gospel of God.  Jesus sends them out by first instructing them to basically go without taking any of the things a normal person would take with them. No money, no change of clothes, no food – not even shoes. 

            The point is that Jesus wants the disciples – and us - to trust in him and to allow God to work through them in clearly miraculous ways.  No matter the subject or topic, even when it comes to money, we are supposed to have faith that God will provide and that God has a plan for us that is good. 

            It is hard for us, but sometimes it is only by trusting in God that we are able to open our lives to experience the full grace and blessing of God.

Question: What is the hardest part for you about trusting God to provide?

Have you ever had a time when God provided unexpected grace and blessing to you?  What happened?

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