John 6:5-6 — 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do (NIV).
I believe one of the most dangerous prayers a person can pray is: “Dear Lord, increase my faith.” Our faith only grows when it is stretched. Faith is not required for things we can do in our own strength. So if you desire more faith, then ready yourself for trials and impossibilities. Be prepared to face situations and have needs that will require total trust in God.
Times of testing are inevitable for believers. In John 6, Jesus had just finished ministering, and He and the disciples retreated to a mountainside to rest. They were sitting together when Jesus noticed a large crowd had followed them and was drawing closer. In fact, the Bible says it was a crowd of about five thousand men, and they were hungry.
Jesus decided to take this opportunity to test Philip’s faith. He asked him, “Philip, where are we going to buy food for all these people?” All of a sudden, Philip went from relaxing with Jesus on the side of a mountain to being faced with an impossibility. Philip likely thought to himself, “Are you serious, Jesus? We’re on the side of a mountain, and you’re asking me where we can buy bread for thousands of people!”
Scripture indicates Jesus already knew what He was going to do, but faith isn’t about what Jesus can do. It’s about you believing in what He can do. Your faith, or lack thereof, doesn’t determine whether or not Jesus can do something. But your measure of faith often determines whether or not He will do something.
How do you respond to life’s impossibilities? Do you get angry or give up? Tomorrow we’ll look at Philip’s response.
Luke 18:27 — But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God” (NASB).
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