An instructive observation about the Bible is that there is no collaboration in the conceptual portion of a God-composed journey of faith life-script.
God does not sit down ahead of time with Abraham in Haran and get his creative input on how best to become the “father of faith” example for all of mankind, both Jews and Gentiles, in a life-plan of such exceptional quality that it has stood the test of time for over four thousand years (Gen. 12:2-3).
Even today the life-script of Abraham remains far above worldly conventional understanding (Dan. 12:10).
The first fully developed walk of faith recorded in the Bible was not a trial-run collaboration between Abraham and God. It was not a progressive, pragmatic evolution of “let’s see if this or that approach works out okay, or not.”
A biblical-quality walk of faith is a fully formulated program containing complex information tightly integrated and rationally sequenced without any hint of trial-and-error randomness…even with human mistakes and failures factored in.
It is a gift of God “fully assembled” and “ready to use” right out of the box.
People normally do not have a detailed blueprint for growth for their small companies or for their personal lives…because they do not know in advance what they will need.
But God does. God knows the desires of our hearts and minds better than we do. He created us…we did not create ourselves.
The scriptures tell us that He loved us before we loved Him…that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). Included in this salvation package of divine love is a detailed “business plan” for life that is perfectly tailored to each one of us, through the long-range foresight and brilliantly creative imagination of God.
Like the example of the construction company perilously caught unprepared in the middle of rapid business growth, we need a complete program in-place and ready-to-go beforehand.
Like the absurdity of trying to assemble an airplane while in flight, it is difficult to implement and integrate a business plan for change retroactively after the fact.
Like trying to change from driving automobiles on the left side of the road to the right side gradually, causing mid-road collisions and pile-ups, a trial-and-error, trial-run phase introduced mid-stream during expansive growth…has too much time-consuming, back-and-forth iteration to be error-proof and trouble-free.
Human life on earth is too short for gradualism. We don’t have the time to waste on wrong turns, dead-end destinations, or throw-away, “junk” trial-run missteps.
Evolution through blind, trial-and-error chance is not the way. Our God-composed life-script must be right the first time…ready to go…straight out of the package without assembly and no tools required.
It must have all of its parts in place and fully functioning once lift-off is achieved and we are flying at high altitude through the air.
Every parent I have ever spoken with, regarding the raising of their now grown-up children, looking back in hindsight, have said that if given a second chance…if they could do it all over again…they would do it differently and much better.
Yet God gets the narrative stories of faith in the Bible perfect the first time…even while working with the most daunting of human mistakes and the most potentially bewildering complexity of “soap opera” circumstances (Gen. 16:2; 1 Sam. 1:8; 1 Kings 19:10; Lk. 22:61-62).
This is a powerful argument for why the Bible and its narrative stories of faith are divinely created. These biblical stories of faith are not trial-and-error epiphanies by the main characters through random chance, fate, or serendipity…as is the case for all humanly composed, fictional book storylines.
Each biblical story is precisely set-up in advance and ready to go, with forethought and creative imagination at the pinnacle of originality and moral depth, from the very beginning.
The narrative stories of faith in the Bible are too complex and too saturated with purpose to be anything other than premeditated by an Intelligent Designer of incredibly creative and artistic imagination in the difficult genre of moral truth and right conduct.
A biblical-quality, God-composed journey of faith cannot rationally be interpreted as a humanistic, random-chance search strategy falling into pragmatic place of its own accord. A God-composed life-script is premeditated, preconceived, and preplanned in a way that is higher than our worldly conventional thinking…and that transcends above everyday normalcy as only a Creator God could invent and pull-off successfully.
The life of Jesus is perfectly sinless throughout as the blemish-free, Passover Lamb of God sacrifice for mankind’s sin.
This divinely composed life-script is not a trial-and-error series of iterations…not a series of evolving “oops, that didn’t work, let’s try this instead.”
The composition and execution of the life-plan of Jesus is perfectly complete in its intended mission and outreach the first time through, even amidst trials, temptations, and hostile pushback of every imaginable kind and intensity.