Destiny, What is Destiny?
Destiny, destiny, destiny… We all grew up hearing these words. Most of us have involuntarily said “it was my destiny” when something happened to us. So, does destiny really exist? What is it, if any? Destiny is the concept that we encounter in every religion and belief, but the most confusion about meaning is experienced.
The first is the knowing aspect, that is, God’s foreknowledge of all that will happen. In general, not many people object to this. For, as God has infinite knowledge, he is also above time, and all past and future are in His knowledge. To give an example from the Bible: The birth and suffering of Jesus Christ were announced hundreds of years ago. (Yes.53, Psalm 22). In addition, Jesus Christ also explained this from the moment he appeared. He also foreshadowed that one of the Twelve would betray Him (Ma. 26:24).
So how much does God intervene? Does it violate our will? Continuing from the above example, Judas Iscariot, who was foretold to betray Jesus Christ, said to God, “This is my destiny, it wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t written it like this!” can he say Of course he can’t, because throughout the Bible he announces that God will hold man responsible for all his deeds, every evil he carries in his heart, and that we will be held accountable in the judgment seat.
God is the Righteous Judge, and we are responsible persons who have a will and will be held accountable to God for his actions. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re completely left adrift or that God has no plans for us. Most of the time, people are self-defeating and inclined to sin. That’s why human history is full of suffering, wars and cruelty. But the reason for these pains is that we use the mind, will and power that God has given us and which is good in its essence, in line with the will of the devil and our ego.
This is why humanity needs God’s grace. By sending His Only Begotten Son, Christ Jesus, at the right place and time, as God has plans of salvation for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11), as well as his greatest plan for mankind; He has opened a door for us to show his altruistic love and live in that love by stripping us of our sinful selves.
Through his prophets, God foretold where and how the Only Begotten Son would be born (Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14), in line with His eternal knowledge and his plans for us. Likewise, the Son will be betrayed by Iscariot, the Jewish clergy, and the dignitaries; He also foretold that he would be handed over to the Roman soldiers and that he would suffer and be killed unjustly. (Matthew 20:17-18, Mark 8:31)
When the subject of destiny is brought up, the first things that come to our minds are the pain we have suffered and the events that have happened to us. Accordingly, when we examine the subject of destiny in the Bible, we see that God constantly warns us about the deeds we do and the decisions we make: “He who sows iniquity reaps trouble” (Proverbs 22:8a), “A man’s folly destroys his life, yet he still inside of himself. He is angry with the LORD.” (Proverbs 19:3), “This is the way of fools, the end (destiny) of those who approve of their word.” (Psalm 49:13), “All hard work brings profit, but bullshit leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)
Oftentimes, when Scripture speaks of destiny, it actually speaks of the judgment people bring upon themselves: “As I have told you over and over, now I repeat through tears: Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end (destiny) is destruction…” (Philippians 3:18-19), “for all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ to receive recompense for what we have done, whether good or bad, while living in the flesh.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Corruption has increased since Adam’s original sin, and so death reigns over us. The world has been cut off from God and fallen into the hands of Satan. That is why there are diseases, calamities, troubles and death in the world. God allows them. Because we made this choice in the beginning and we are suffering the consequences. However, God, who is goodness himself, continues to bring good out of evil for us with his eternal glory.
Just as he turned the evil done to Joseph into good for the salvation of Egypt and Canaan, just as he turned the persecution of Christ into good for the salvation of mankind; likewise, let the sicknesses and calamities befall us, let their own works appear on us (John 9:3); God allows these so that we can awaken to the divine reality, to the reality of death, and to the fact that He is our only real comfort and rest. As C. S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us when we have fun, speaks when we have a guilty conscience, but shouts at us in pain. Pain is his megaphone to awaken a deaf world.”
God is holy and sovereign. We must have a good understanding of God and a good understanding of our responsibilities to him. We know well that we have a will and that we are free to choose good or evil. But freedom should not cause the self (Galatians 5:13). God has purposes for our lives. The work that pleases God is to put our faith in Christ Jesus, whom He sent (John 6:29). The Bible calls us to faith (John 20:27, Acts 16:31, 19:4).
Believing is an act of will. We step into God’s grace of our own free will. God takes us from the devil’s dominion and puts us in his own dominion. We always feel the hand of God in our lives. Now we know what our destiny is and what our end will be.
God changes us day by day in the likeness of His Son, building a divine character in our hearts by allowing trials in our lives. As promised, Christ went to prepare a place for us. This is God’s wonderful plan for us, this is the plan prepared for us; To meet Christ, to God, to our heavenly homes. Thank God for his incredible majesty and plans.
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