“When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.” (John 6:5-6, MSG).
Jesus and His disciples organised a crusade with a capacity of over 5,000 thousand people. Then they were faced with a problem. The participants had not eaten. Jesus, realising this, asked Philip what should be done to solve the problem of feeding the crowd. He did this to stretch Philip’s faith.
While meditating on these verses, I kept asking myself, why would Jesus want to stretch (test) Philip’s faith? Then I discovered that it is in the nature of the Word of God(Jesus) to build the capacity of our faith. This is because Jesus is a specialist in doing the impossible. So at that point in Philip’s walk with Jesus, he needed bigger faith to partner with Jesus to make the impossible possible.
How often do challenges present opportunities for you to stretch your faith? Have you applied for a job or sent in a proposal for which by certificate and experience you do not qualify? God is saying believe me for the impossible. The truth is God always knows what to do. He wants you to know what to do too. But you can’t if you don’t think like God.
There is big and small faith. Big faith gets big results. As you grow in God, He desires that you grow in your faith. You can only do that when you feed on the larger than life words, questions, visions, imaginations, dreams, ideas, that He throws at you. These things are meant to stretch your faith and bring you up to His level where they can all become realities in your life. That level where nothing is impossible. Faith is a mindset, develop it. Great week ahead my friend. #BeInspired.