What were you passionate about as a little kid? Did you look up at the night sky and wonder at the stars? Were you amazed at balls before you could walk? We have a video of our daughter perfectly cracking eggs into a bowl to make pancakes before she was two years old. She was a natural, and stirred on like she had done this for more years than she existed. What was your take on Legos? We have two sons. One of them had a childhood bedroom that looked like a Lego factory had blown up. They were everywhere. The other one never gave them a glance. Is this information important? Infinitely so. You were born with a destiny, and it most likely began to surface even before you could talk.
Before you can know your destiny, it is essential that you understand and believe that you have one. You can’t hit the bullseye if you don’t know that there is a dartboard. It is not unusual to not know your life’s purpose by twenty-one. Actually, while this may be tremendously frustrating if you are in college and have to sign up for next semester’s courses, in the lifelong scheme of things, knowing every twist and turn ahead of time would make for a very scheduled and less exciting life.
You were born with a destiny, and it most likely began to surface even before you could talk.
Regardless of what the world has told us, as God’s creation, we are important, and our lives are intricately interwoven with the lives and purposes of those around us. Psalm 139:13-16 makes is clear that God was highly invested and involved in our creation and cares about our uniqueness and purpose;
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
Just as God knew our eye and hair color, our skills and talents and our personalities, He knew exactly what we were born to do with all of the DNA that He supplied us with before birth. This is why these interests and propensities begin to surface at such a young age. They are bubbling up, beginning to make themselves known to those around us, and to us.
Every talent, gift, value or accomplishment can be used in one of two ways. Either we will spend who we are, what we have and what we do for God’s purposes, or not. The ability to discern the difference comes out of knowing God. Jesus came so that we could know God. He bridged the gap between God and us. Once we have accepted His work on the cross to pay for the sins that formed a barrier between God and us, we are able to approach Him, and He embraces us and delights in revealing Himself and His love for us in a relationship with Him. This is why we then hear Him like we never did before.
He chose you! And He has fruit for you to bear with your life!
In John 15:16, Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” He chose you! And He has fruit for you to bear with your life! As you spend time with Him in prayer, the Holy Spirit reveals His purposes to us. Things that lived in our imaginations and dreams become reality as He shows us how to work out His plans for us. God is involved in our dreaming process. He often will speak to us as we imagine what we could, and are drawn to, do.
Proverbs 8:35 says, “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.” The word favor here is the Greek word ratson (rā·ṣō·wn) which means goodwill, acceptance or will. This means that finding God through Jesus means receiving His acceptance and will and purposes. God begins to reveal His will for you when you come into relationship with Him. The revelation never stops while you are on earth.
It does not stop there. God doesn’t show us what to do, then step back and watch to see if we can succeed. As our Father, He loves to help us. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” As we walk His path for us, He is right there; “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) As we take steps, he rejoices in our successes.
God doesn’t show us what to do, then step back and watch to see if we can succeed. As our Father He loves to help us.
Can we miss our destinies? Absolutely. We can spend our lives walking down the wrong path. Isaiah 30:21 is an amazing promise; “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” He has a way for you to walk! We must be careful, though, because sin can take His hand of protection off of us. Psalm 121:7 says, “The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life.” To reject Him and His ways only causes us dismay and possibly harm. We walk away from his favor when we walk away from Him. Romans 12:12 explains, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." He does have a perfect will, and it is not the path of the world.
We have an enemy that does not want us to know about the good deal provided for those who love the Lord. He tempts us to walk in the direction away from God with things that seems to have value, but don’t. It takes effort to walk with God. We must set our eyes on Him. Matthew 7:14 says, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” This verse is not saying that life is like a video game and few make it to the end. He is not trying to trip us up so that only a few cross the heavenly finish line. The opposite is true. He provided the answer through Jesus. He created us to be in relationship with Him. It breaks His heart when people choose the world over Him. He is saying that it takes determination and focus and faith in His goodness to find the road to life, and few persevere in this process.
This generation is the end times generation. We are on overload as things and activities vie for our attention. But now, more than ever, God is on the move and has a lot to be done. He is gathering His children, and is creating a great end times army to accomplish His amazing purposes.
In Psalm 40:3, David foresaw these days; “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” David says “many…will put their trust in him.” This is the end time harvest, and God wants us all to have a part in it. What does David mean that God “Put a new song in (his) mouth?” He has a new purpose, a new motivation, and He is praising God for it. God does not intend us to be blind to our destinies. There is joy when His steps for us are revealed. There is joy in being part of a great movement and purpose. David is praising His King. He is part of something very, very big and is excited to be part of it.
God is on the move and has a lot to be done. He is gathering His children, and is creating a great end times army to accomplish His amazing purposes.
You will need to cooperate with God in order to realize His plans for you. There are times when He speaks to us through other people, in the form of advice or even prophecy. Advice is not always of God and must be confirmed by Scripture or the Holy Spirit. What may be “good” advice, in general, may not the “best” advice for you. There is definitely wisdom in counsel. Proverbs 15:22 say, ”Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” But don't let other people discourage you if His plans for you aren't other people’s plans for you. We can be limited by other people's expectations and assessments of us.
God’s plans for us are not ordinary and average. Isaiah 55:9 raises the bar regarding our destinies; “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 64:4 says, “For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.” Not only do you have a destiny, but you have a destiny that is beyond your wildest imagination!
God’s plans for us are not ordinary and average.
“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”