Every Trip is a Quest
Because the Bible is God’s mind in human language (1 Cor. 2:10-16), it comes as no surprise that the Bible reflects themes that have been popular in literature in every culture. One of those themes is the idea of a quest. Dr. Thomas Foster, when he wrote his book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, began his book with a chapter on the quest.
“The real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge” (Foster, 3).
Indeed, the Bible is the story of a quest. After the creation of Adam and Eve, their first quest was to be like God (Gen. 3:5). That act led them to move from a position of blissful ignorance to hiding from the presence of God.
After creating Adam and Eve in His image, God’s quest was to save them from their self-centered decision. The Lord God went walking in the garden in the cool of the day, seeking His children who had hidden themselves from Him (Gen. 3:8-9).
On one hand, the Bible is about man’s quest. Man’s quest for growth and for knowledge. There are two destinations at which man’s quest ought to conclude: knowledge of self as a sinner and knowledge of God as the Savior. On the other hand, the Bible is about God’s quest. God already knows Himself; He has perfect knowledge. He also already knows man. So, His “destination” is to get man to know Him as the Savior.
In this quest, God’s fundamental call to man is: “Walk with Me.” Enoch “walked with God” (Gen. 5:22, 24). Noah “walked with God” (Gen. 6:9). God called Abraham: “Walk before Me, and be blameless” (Gen. 17:1).
This call to walk with God is repeated by the Lord Jesus Christ. Once our sins are forgiven, as He said to the paralyzed man in Matthew 9:5: “Rise and walk.”
The parents of John the baptizer “walked blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord” (Luke 1:6).
In our quest to know ourselves, we will have considerable success, if we will “walk” in the light, rather than in darkness (John 8:12). Jesus is that Light, to guide us in our quest to know ourselves and to know God. “Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you” (John 12:35).
“Walk in the fear of the Lord” (Acts 9:31). Following baptism, we are to “walk in the newness of life” (Romans 6:4). In fact, the verb “walk” is used dozens of times in the New Testament letters to refer to our lifestyle, our Christian walk, our quest to know ourselves as sinners and to know God as the Savior.
Find people who are on their quest and help them reach their destination, holding up the word of light for them (Phil. 2:16).
Your fellow-servant in Christ,
Veritas non verba magistri
Maranatha! (1 Cor. 16:22)