From my book The Christian Church in the Last Days
Abraham discovered both his true self and God through his journey of faith, pushed to the limits of human patience and endurance. Likewise all of the positive characters of faith recorded in the Bible found their true selves and God by being pushed to their limit by the carefully crafted journeys of faith composed by God.
No one could have engineered these brilliantly imaginative biblical life-scripts except for the living God. There is no comparable frame of reference throughout all of human culture, literature, or history for a biblical journey of faith. By intentional design, a biblical journey of faith falls completely outside of humanism. It is not something that we can manufacture on our own. A journey of faith following Jesus Christ comes entirely by grace through faith. This is why the scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Without a God-composed journey of faith fully integrated into our lives, God cannot impact us in the supernaturally transforming way He intends. This is what is at stake for individual Christians and the Christian church as a whole. This is what Lucifer and the powers of deception will attempt to undermine and destroy in the days ahead.
In the last-days one of the things in Christianity that will be most targeted by radical skeptical unbelief is the one thing…the supernatural element in the narrative stories of faith in the Bible…that serves as the strongest antidote for the individual defense of our faith. The debate over the credibility of the Bible is not only a macro-battle that will continue to take place within apologetics, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, and the natural sciences, but also at the micro-level in the everyday experiences in the lives of Christians. We prove the faithfulness and credibility of Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life within our personal and collective journey of faith experiences.
It is easy to have faith when we are living on the mountaintop. Christianity is easy when life’s events are going smoothly in parallel with worldly conventional normalcy. The acid-test for Christians is at the point where God inserts hardships and suffering, expertly designed for our character growth but painful nonetheless, according to a game-plan and training regime that is not of our making. This is a key feature of our Christian walk following Jesus that elevates it far above irrational and make-believe religion. Defining who the real Jesus Christ is, as Creator, Savior, and King of the realm for all eternity as revealed in His divine Word the Bible but also through God-composed journeys of faith, is the central issue to be finally and emphatically resolved in these upcoming last-days.
Can we as individuals and as the church exercise our faith and maintain our fidelity to Jesus Christ if He leads us into the darkest valley (Psalm 23:4)? Can we push through in faith as overcomers, bearing our cross despite dauntingly negative appearances? This requires the most expert advance training. This training needs to begin now.
The first-century apostles were not initially the intellectual and spiritual elite of Israel. They were ordinary and unremarkable people from a worldly viewpoint. God crafted them into the spiritual elite of Israel, creating through them the early Christian church that has withstood the test of time. God has been capably transforming lost sinners into mature saints of God for thousands of years. This provides hope that God can do the same for Christians today.
What is it worth to find out through first-hand experience that our God is more intelligent and wiser than ourselves, beyond human imagination? Is it worth a journey of faith containing the risk that God might fail us? This is the question that was in the back of the minds of every person of faith answering their individual callings of service in the Bible, and the question that each of us has to individually face in our own journeys of faith.
What would be our source of joy for the length of eternity? It would be to serve a King who is wise, intelligent, adored, respected, and interesting beyond our imaginations, and has our best interests at heart in all of the activities He would involve us in. God has enlisted this current broken world as the optimum, temporary school for the lessons of faith that will serve us for eternity. This is why an active journey of discovery now is vitally important for the Christian church as a preliminary lead-up to the enormous spiritual conflicts of the last-days.