Bible Teachings On Destiny – Fulfilling Our Purpose
As Christians we should move towards our destiny and the Bible lets us know clearly that we have the ability to fulfill our purpose through Him.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
– Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
Many people of all different cultures and religions believe in the concept of destiny, and understandably so. It is a comforting thought that someone greater is looking out for us. Perhaps even more appealing is the idea that we are unable to change our futures based on anything we do. But for Christians, the idea of destiny can be a little mind-boggling. How is it that God knows each and every outcome, yet we also have free will? This has become such a complex question that subsets of Christianity have formed in response. But before we can even begin to dive into it, we must understand what “destiny” actually entails.
In popular culture, the word “destiny” means an invisible force that causes events to inevitably happen regardless of the decisions we make. In Christianity, however, destiny is most nearly associated with the will of God. When examining difficult subjects like these, we should always turn to scripture first. Our minds may be limited, but God’s Word remains true and relevant forever. Here is one point that is reiterated countless times in scripture: God is all-knowing. Job 28:24 says, “For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven.” He is not surprised by anything we think, say, or do. So when we mess up, we don’t have to worry that we are somehow ruining God’s plans. No decision we make could ever doom us for eternity, except rejecting Christ.
So how does this tie into free will? Scripture also teaches that we are free to make our own decisions; our love for God is not truly love unless it is chosen. Think of it this way: if you offer your best friend two choices – their favorite food and their least favorite food, you already know what they will pick. Yet, you are not using force nor persuasion. There is a set outcome, and at the same time, it is chosen. God wants all people to choose Him, but because of sin, He knows who will and who will not.
This is how it is for every human being. God knows whether we will follow Him or reject Him, but the choice is ultimately up to us. For those of us who believe, we can rejoice, because God has prepared for us a greater destiny than we could ever imagine. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” If we put our trust in Jesus, God has promised us glory and life with Him in eternity. And the best part is that our destiny is entirely based on grace; the only requirement is faith in Jesus Christ.