Stretch My Faith Heavenly Father, Stretch My Faith

But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” (Numbers 13:30)

Picture the word ‘faith’ in scripture. It’s strong. It’s durable. It’s unbreakable. It’s everlasting. It’s complete trust in the LORD.

But what’s it like to really stretch it? To believe in its steadfast nature? To know that no matter what, as long as you have it, you have it all?

God and His promises. They are everywhere in the Bible. And they are everywhere within you and I. God never planted one promise that faith could not grow into all that God planned it to be.

Now at times my faith has wavered, reducing me to believe in human strength. My own strength. And yes self-will is real. I can do most things with elbow grease and achieve a desired outcome. At least a certain amount of it, anyway. But as much as self-will is real, it’s not. We unrealistically trust in ourselves to put, place and perfect every piece of the puzzle to our lives.

Faith is, without a shadow of a doubt (pun intended), the complete opposite. Faith moves mountains. Faith stretches our growth, and strengthens the very fabric of it as well. Obstacles are still obstacles. Problems are still problems. And people are still people. But just like the scout Caleb said in the verse above, “We can certainly conquer it!”

And imagine if Caleb was only talking about the Israelites, the group itself–conquering the land of milk and honey. That battle would have been lost from the start. But he wasn’t, the ‘we’ Caleb was referring to was God, His promise…and the Israelites. The ultimate definition of teamwork.

Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you. (Numbers 14:42)

Effort without God’s promise to lead us is exhausting, maybe not early on, but self-will leaves God out. Whether our plans work or not. It never has the full measure of God’s commitment. All that He promised. Our highest and most recognized achievements remain dull in the eyes of God without the teamwork and power of the Holy Spirit.

This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25)

So let’s go Christians! We don’t lose our drive in Christ, we just switch seats.

Are you willing to hand over the steering wheel today? Stretch your faith!

© Tahlitha Chadwick

Photo Credit: Anemone Jones

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12 comments

  1. Very good Tahlitha!

  2. Thanks Cathy, hope you’re having a great day.

  3. Wonderful message, Tahlitha! To think of faith as a muscle in need of constant strengthening and stretching. I like this metaphor a lot; it means we are responsible for our actions, and for our relationship with the Creator. Moreover, it means that an endless supply of His strength and love is always available to us. Thank you for this reminder as my day nears its zenith.

    Blessings,
    ~ Cara

  4. Have a lovely evening Cara.

  5. I like the idea of stretching faith rather than building our muscles. I struggle with going the self-will and elbow grease route. I continue to work to release my worries and let God’s will be done.

  6. Another great post! I once heard the term tensile strength applied to our faith. I really like this idea of stretching but not breaking. God bless you as you stretch and grow!

  7. “God never planted one promise that faith could not grow into all that God planned it to be.”
    What a great statement. It’s so important to remember the difference between Caleb’s “We” which included God and the “We” in Israel’s statement of defeat that did not include God.Thanks for sharing this post and reminding us of that.

  8. Hi Janna. Releasing (all of) my worries is something I continue to work on too. But with God all things are possible. Teamwork!

  9. Thanks Debbie, God bless you too.

  10. Hi Joshua, thanks.

    You have to imagine that with all the traveling the Israelites endured, that their faith was being stretched to what God had in store, although some didn’t hold on long enough to witness it. We don’t always see the growth in God’s timing, the waiting in Him and on Him, but that’s the stretchy part of having faith in God’s promise.

    Have a good one.

  11. Encouraging post – Beautiful words and true ” Effort without God’s promise to lead us is exhausting”. Thank you for sharing about faith. Praise God for giving each of us a measure of faith and thank God for giving us strength when our faith gets weak. Thanks also for stopping by MyJournalofPraise and liking my post. God bless.

  12. Thank you too, Darlene. Your posts are a blessing as well. Our faith and effort in Christ go hand in hand. Trusting ours in His.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

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