Destiny

Destiny is such an interesting topic.  Some would argue that our destiny (God) controls our lives and we really don’t have any control over what happens.  In Christian terms, this would be referred to as Calvinism.  As easing as it can be to be released of all responsibility, I don’t really believe that’s correct, or really even biblical.  Telling people God is simply a being pulling strings from a distance is like saying, “I want you to run this marathon, but it doesn’t really matter how hard you try, the winner’s already been chosen.  But you need to try hard.”  No one would actually try hard in that type of situation.  This belief really comes from an extreme interpretation of a couple passages in scripture, but that’s a topic for another day.

Another view of fate is that we have complete control over our destiny.  Whatever happens to us in life is completely dependent upon the choices we make.  Once again in Christian terms, this is known as Arminianism.  This is improper as well.  In this approach, God is seen as a distant being that created us and now has stepped back to ‘let the chips fall as they may.’  I think God is a little too interested in His creation to simply let everything just happen.
The problem I see with these two views of destiny is that both eliminate the holy partnership between a righteous, loving God and His prized creation, humanity.  While I’ve heard many convincing arguments from both sides, ultimately we can’t accomplish anything of value apart from God (God’s choice).  But God in His gracious love has chosen to use us as His instruments.  And He won’t work through us until we allow Him to (our choice).  Where does that leave us then?  To answer that, I’ll leave you with a quote I once heard, which is a great formula for walking into your destiny:

“Pray like everything depends upon God.  Work like everything depends upon me.”

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  1. Hi Nick!

    Just happen to drop by here. You have a broad range of interesting posts here. Congratulations!

    I agree when you said: “Whatever happens to us in life is completely dependent upon the choices we make. ”

    Let’s hear what William Jennings Bryan said about destiny:

    “Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
    It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
    – William Jennings Bryan

    It’s true that our destiny is created by the choices that we make in life. I don’t believe God pre-determines our destiny, otherwise, what’s the use of free will He has given man He created ?

    All the best!

  2. Brother, you wrote “Another view of fate is that we have complete control over our destiny. Whatever happens to us in life is completely dependent upon the choices we make. Once again in Christian terms, this is known as Arminianism. This is improper as well. In this approach, God is seen as a distant being that created us and now has stepped back to ‘let the chips fall as they may.’ I think God is a little too interested in His creation to simply let everything just happen.” From where do you derive this Deist notion of Arminian theology? Our Arminian brothers and sisters believe no such thing. They do not abide by a distant God who has washed His hands of the world He created. The creatures must then make the correct choices and do the right things in order to achieve a particular destiny. Perhaps it would be best, as a pastor, to let us know where we can find this description in Arminius’ writings.

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