Beyond the Weekend

November 3 | The Lesson on Provision

November 3, 2020


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

Read: Mark 6:6-13

Listen: Mark 6


Jesus goes from village to village teaching (you likely underlined that as one of your places in your journal). He sends the disciples out to do the same. He calls them together and gives them some instructions. He tells them not to take anything except a staff and sandals. No bread, no bag, no money and not even an extra shirt. Why? He wants them to experience God’s provision. To do that, they need to experience shortage. Their lesson on provision requires them to trust God to provide. Why do they need to trust God so much? They are preaching a message of repentance, a turning to God. A life of repentance is a life of trusting God and depending on him.

Many of us have or are currently experiencing shortage. When we wonder how we will make rent, pay off an unexpected medical bill or fill the tank with gas. The lesson of provision is not easy, but God desires to meet us there. It’s often one of the best spaces for building trust in God. What if our gracious God whispers to us during our times of shortage? What if he desires to meet us there? In the lesson on provision, we learn to focus on faithfulness to God instead of only our physical needs.


Remember that following Jesus means a life of repentance—turning from something to God. It is trusting God and depending on him whether in seasons of shortage or plenty. Consider where you are experiencing shortage today. Come up with three or four tangible steps you can take to turn your focus from that to trusting God. Write them under Notes on page 56 of your journal.

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