Within the past several weeks, a number of Quotes of the Day as well as Verses of the Day have focused on faith. In addition, faith continues to be a topic of importance in that Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC has been teaching a series related to faith. From the series a metaphor emerged which described “faith as a journey.”
In addition, I discussed a related quote “Faith is a journey; when you start, you can’t quit.” Bishop Mellette also make the following statements to corroborate this point:
“Faith is not an experience—Faith is a journey. . . Your faith is coming and growing,” as he also shared 2 Thessalonians 1:3:
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,
He also shared Romans 10:17:
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
He went on to say, “Your faith grows exceedingly—Faith is progressive . . . It involves a process. It is ongoing. God is not your previous experience. . . God is your new beginning, as we are living our faith every day.”
In a previous blog post on faith, I commented on the significance of faith in my life as a believer, as I recalled that my first Bible teaching shared at a Youth Night service at a church camp in high school centered on faith, as I explored Hebrews 11:1, and verse 6. More than 50 years later when I was required to write my personal testimony to share with students whom I taught at Indiana Wesleyan University, I entitled my sharing “My Journey of Faith”
One of Bishop Mellette’s teachings related specifically to “Faith as a journey” and inspired the following poem:
On Our Journey . . . The Journey Continues
May we see clearly where our paths have led
And be strengthened for the journey ahead.
“Strengthened for the Journey”
“And now I cause you to begin even a new journey. . .
The journey has already begun.”
Apostle John Tetsola
We are steadfast– our souls remain anchored in hope,
Eagerly watching and waiting, looking above.
Feeling during dark times that we can barely cope,
But seasons swiftly change, for we have come to know
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
Despite appearances, God has the last say so.
Once more we seek to serve, to go where we are sent
That our lives should reflect the praise of His glory,
The finishing touch on your crowning achievement:
The surprise happy ending of this love story
When all creation finally gets back to being one,
Even as with Father, Holy Spirit, and Son.
The perfect will of God unfolds for all to see,
As we begin each new day on our journey.
Recently while developing an online American Literature course for Carolina College of Biblical Studies, I incorporated the same metaphor: “Life is a journey of discovery,” as a theme revealed in a variety of literary works by American authors. Students also explore their personal feelings, thoughts, and reactions evoked from the various readings as they intersect with each individual’s quest to find his or her personal identity.
The course points out one of the universal concerns of humanity is the quest for identity. Every individual seeks to find out “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose in life?” Life can be viewed as a “Journey of Faith,” the quest to discover our true identity as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In thinking about this concept, a meaningful song comes to mind to remind us to take joy in each phase of our ongoing journey of discovery.
Michael Card offers “Joy in the Journey”: