So, what is a God-composed journey of faith life-script, and equally important…what is it not?
I would start by saying that God Himself defines a walk of faith, a journey of faith, and an adventure of faith…in the narrative stories of faith in the Bible.
When God in the Old Testament spoke to Abraham: “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee” (Gen. 12:1), from that moment forward God Himself is defining His true relationships with people through God-composed adventures of faith. Here begins the intentional, divinely created invention of the blend of God’s sovereignty and mankind’s free-will choice, mysteriously combined within the dynamics of an individually tailored, God-composed life-script that requires subordination of our ways to God’s higher plans for our lives…entirely unique to the Bible.
In willingly choosing to obey God and step-out into an adventure of faith, some of Abraham’s self-in-charge nature was left behind…crucified, so to speak…as he headed off toward Canaan. Abraham’s own plans, schemes, and ideas for his life were displaced by God’s plan that was much larger and grander than anything Abraham could have imagined. With each step toward Canaan and away from Haran, Abraham left behind the other life he would have lived had he not met God, and walked toward a new life being offered to Abraham by God. For this it is said of Abraham that “he believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3; Gal. 3:6).
The key point here is that Abraham cannot be in both places at once. Abraham cannot be in Haran and Canaan, both physically…and spiritually…at the same time.
As Abraham walks toward Canaan he is choosing to exercise faith in God’s plans, over and above…and to the exclusion…of his own plans
This same theme is repeated in varied forms in every positive journey of faith in the Bible. A God-crafted journey of faith as recorded in the narrative stories of the Bible completely displaces our ways with God’s higher ways.
A biblical journey of faith lies outside of our own making. It is devoid of human contrivance, self-reliance, and self-realization by God’s purposeful design. It stands outside of human literary invention, because the concept of the cross of Jesus Christ (Lk. 22:42) applied to our lives…the setting aside of our ways to be replaced by God’s higher ways…not only runs completely contrary to worldly acceptable, pride-filled thinking…but resides in a totally out-of-reach realm of unconventional options beyond our self-motivation to initiate and orchestrate (Isa. 55:8-9; Prov. 3:5-6).
This I believe is a biblical definition of a God-composed adventure of faith. If we can see the cross of Christ in the life-scripts of the narrative stories of faith in the Bible…starting with Abraham…then we have solid scriptural ground to stand upon in understanding the cross applied to our own lives.