Updated: May 10
Decisions are stepping stones to destinies.
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14. “Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4,5.
As you look through the Bible you will discover that God had plans not only for nations but also for individuals. God’s plan for Israel in bible days was different from His plans for Egypt(Genesis15:13-21). His plan for Esau was different from His plan for Jacob. Each destiny was clearly spelt out from the onset (Genesis 25:22,23).
Joseph (Genesis 37:5-6; 45:5-8), Jeremiah (Jer1:4,5) and John the Baptist (Luke1:13-17) were all children of destiny. Though each man lived at a different dispensation of history, each understood his God-given role for his generation, and each lived out his God-given script in line with Divine direction.
Jesus, our Lord and perfect example clearly understood the Father’s plan for His life(John18:37). He knew ALL that was written in Heaven’s Master Plan for His earthly life (Hebrews10:7). Every step He took was carefully calculated, and prayerfully orchestrated towards fulfilling one prophesy after another about His mission, His message and His ministry (Luke 4:17-21; Matthew5:17; Luke4:43; John9:4, 5). That was why He was able to triumphantly proclaim ‘It is finished’, at the end of it all (John 19:30). He had played His role successfully.
In God’s economy, real success in life is not measured by how much you have in the bank or by the amount of academic degrees you have pilled up. The fact that you have managed to amass some wealth or climb up the social ladder does not imply you are fulfilling God’s plan for your life. There are too many people in hell today who had power, position and pounds while on earth (Luke 16:19-31). A common denominator among them was that they ignored God’s plan for their lives and chose to live the way they pleased (Luke12:15-21). What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Be wise!
Though God has mapped out your destiny, only YOU can cause it to happen. God is not going to ram it down your throat just like that. He is not going to foist it on you by force. You must take deliberate and decisive steps towards making it happen. If you sit down expecting manna to fall from heaven, I regret to announce that those days are over. It ended with the children of Israel just before they entered Cannan! Anyone whoever amounted to anything in God’s estimation, took some steps in the right direction.
In subsequent articles we will explore the basic steps to be taken towards discovering ones destiny and fulfilling it. In the meanwhile, let me point you to the first bus stop on your way there.
The First Bus Stop Your journey to discovery must start at the foot of the Cross where Jesus bled to give you life. Life begins at Calvary. That is the First Bus Stop, the place where you consciously step into the bus of destiny to begin an exciting life. Just as you consciously and personally choose the sort of bus or taxi to take, even so must a personal decision be made to know Christ. Decisions are stepping stones to destinies. All men are born in sin and spiritual death (Romans3:23). The plan of God for man cannot be realised if we remain in that lifeless state. You will need to meet God in order to get His blue print for your life. It is only after this meeting, not before, that you can truly take your rightful place on the world stage in these eventful days. Remember, until we get saved, we remain dead in sins and trespasses. Dead men have no destiny to live for! May the Lord help you.
''We have no choice of what colour we're born or who our parents are or whether we are rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here.’’ - Mildred Taylor