One thing I’ve discovered in walking with God is that the journey is often more of a mysterious adventure than anything else. Now, by mystery I don’t mean anything more or less than the thought that God’s ways do not always make sense to us and that God may not always provide every detail about the trip.
This shouldn’t surprise us. For example, Paul in Romans 11:33-34 says, Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?
Since God is involved in our “journey” we should expect that some things will be unsearchable, difficult to understand, or deeper than our human wisdom can understand. When walking with God we won’t always be able to figure everything out along the way. Nor should we expect to be able to “scope out” every detail in advance and control the events or circumstances around us. This really exasperates most of us since we truly do like to be in control of things. It is at this point that we will most likely find adventure … the adventure of living life by faith … knowing that God is with us, and working out his perfect plan, even when we do not see it. We continue on the journey, even when it is shrouded in mystery, in a strange mix of faith and risk because we know that God is in the midst of that mystery (whether or not he has revealed himself yet!)
In essence to live by faith is to accept risk. To live a risky life is to move ahead in our life journey, obeying what God reveals to us, even when the outcome is not clear. But we don’t like risk … we fight against it even while proclaiming we are “living by faith”. In fact, men in particular tend to seize on what we know, the skills we know we have, and reject anything that we cannot understand or control. We would rather miss the adventure if it seems to take us into a mystery, so we often tend to spend our energy on eliminating risk. We want to first figure out what to do and then do it so that we can eliminate future risk or the pain that might go along with that. I think it is right here that we tend to diminish our passion for the Savior.
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but an adventure to be lived” – Eldredge.