A Stretch of Faith

Steven Laman

READ : John 6:1-13

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. (vv. 5-6 Message)

Going to physical therapy as a kid was never fun because therapists would stretch my hamstrings. It was painful when they pushed and pulled my legs, trying to straighten them from the effects of cerebral palsy. I vowed that when my therapy stopped, I would never stretch them myself. Thirty years later, I still find myself stretching.

Jesus also knows the importance of stretching. Just before the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus turned to Philip and asked where to get food for everybody. The Lord had already planned the miracle. But he asked the question to strengthen Philip’s faith. Philip’s response was disappointing; still, another disciple allowed the situation to stretch his faith. Andrew brought a boy and his lunch to Jesus, and look what happened!

The Lord is still asking us to do faith-stretching exercises. He may ask you to do something in the church that you’ve never done before, or speak to a friend about the Savior. While physical stretching benefits the body, spiritual stretching builds strong faith. Let the Lord stretch you.


Stretch us, Father, so we will have a strong faith.