I have never really considered that there is anything particularly spectacular about my own journey of faith. If I were to tell the story, you would not hear, for example, of any dramatic conversion story, although I personally acknowledge a delightful sense of amazement whenever I am reminded of what God has done for me. You will not hear of a last-minute rescue from demons or the devil, although again, I am painfully aware of the remnants of a continuous battle being waged within my own heart—despite my ready acknowledgement that the war has been won by Christ on the cross. Rather, my journey of faith has been more like a growing awareness of the amazing grace of God so freely given, and of the opportunities that open up to the one who commits to a life of discipleship.
The point is that our individual journey is just that—an individual journey. It’s ours alone. It’s unique and special just as each of us is unique and special. It’s the story of how God has chosen to reveal Himself to each of us personally and how we have chosen to respond. No-one else can diminish that story or take it away from us. And it’s good to reflect on our journey of faith because really there is no option for any of us to understand God than through His Word and His action in our lives. The best way to know God is to experience Him in the daily walk of discipleship.
. . . our individual journey is just that—an individual journey . . . It’s unique and special just as each of us is unique and special.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.