Do not let the things that do not control your future, determine your destiny.
It seems that we all have the perfect plan until something bad happens.
Life moves swiftly, and as the older I get it seems to move at warp speed. It seems like only yesterday that my first child was born. The year was 1980 and the events of that year seem like only a moment away in time. 1980 ushered away the presidency of Jimmy Carter as the Reagan administration was elected into office. In 1980 CNN (Cable News Network) was launched, and John Lennon was murdered outside his home in New York. At that time I thought I had my future all planned and scripted out, but the ways of God are not the ways of man.
In my youth, I had the misconception that if I wanted to accomplish something in my life, I would just will it done, and with strength and determination, it would be done. At 23 years old I left full-time ministry in 1982, after the birth of my second child to pursue my own dreams and not God’s. I found myself quickly abandoning the pursuit of the hereafter and began chasing the here-and-now. I centered my life on the things that benefited me, leaving God completely out of my life. It took me over 15 years to find my way back to the foot of the cross so that I might once again have a future filled with hope and promise. I found out that when you walk away from God, He doesn’t let you leave without love.
Psalm 39:5 – You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of our lives is but a breath.
When we step away from the design of God for our lives, our own vanity takes over and we let the things that do not decide our future, shape our destiny. In our sin we will deprive ourselves of all that is good, becoming ignorant to that which is divine as we are deceived by the enemy. As we allow ourselves to be deceived we will become unstable in all our ways as our own vanity seals our fate. Our own strength, beauty and aspirations will become the focus of all our energies, changing the things that are truly important in our lives.
Our own plans and designs are uncontrollable as the air itself. It is only within the plans of God that our destiny can be sealed with the hope of promise by the blood of Jesus Christ. We cannot let our potential be lost with reckless behavior, turning a deaf ear to the voice of God.
We must take every thought into captivity and let grace take control of our minds, controlling the things that we can’t which will lead to our demise. God in his mercy knows that we will struggle as we walk, so He gives us warning not to disobey Him or reject Him. In His mercy He designed our future to never fail as long as it is grounded in Christ.
The promises and judgments of God are predicated with an “if”. The “if’ always up to us. All we have to do is trust and obey.
If you do not obey Me, and if you reject My decrees, and if your heart despises My Word, calamity will fall upon you. Leviticus 26:14-16
If you do not obey Me, then I will punish you and I will also break down your pride. Leviticus 26:18-19
Thankfully we serve a forgiving God that served up a lifetime of forgiveness by the gift at Calvary that bids us to come to him with a humble heart and He promises us that we will find the grace we need to carry on with the purpose that He has planned for our lives.
If you walk in My ways, then I shall give you rains of blessings and I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply your life and I will confirm My promises to you. Leviticus 26:3-4,9
Allow the grace of God to define your future, determining your destiny.