A guest post from a friend in Cameroon.
In sending His disciples Jesus charged them “to take nothing for their
journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—but to
wear sandals and not put on two tunics” (Mark 6:8-9, ESV).
Generally, a normal man/woman prepares his/her journey by making sure
he/she lacks nothing on the way. When I have to travel I select what I’ll
go with during my journey. I also make sure I have some money to respond to
any need on my way. The disciples were not allowed to do so here (later
Jesus asked to that). Jesus made it crystal clear that they needed nothing
for their journey, except a staff to lean on in their walk. For their food,
clothing, drinking, and lodging, etc., they were to depend on God solely.
The question is: Do I trust God for my daily provision? On whom do I lean
for my daily provision? If we rely on men we always will be frustrated. If
we rely on God, He will daily provide for us. He is faithful.
Listen to Jesus: “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or
what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life
more than food, and body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25, ESV). In a
time dominated and polluted by the man-money-centered prosperity gospel, we
humbly rely on Jesus, the God—Man for our daily provision.
Some other questions to ponder on: Am I anxious when I do not have money?
Am I anxious about tomorrow? Do I really believe God takes care of me?