Destiny Versus Choice

Do you sometimes wonder if your life has been predicted? Do you wonder if you are simply living out your destiny? Have you thought through that line of questioning? Do think about what it would be like to have your life laid out as a roadmap for you?

Many, if not most, of us will think about our life at some point and wonder why certain things happen. Our line of thinking will take us down the road of wondering if we are destined to continue down a specific path. It is at this point, we either succumb to it or make a drastic change.

The good news for us is God gave us the ability to choose. We can choose to change our lives. We can choose to follow a different path. We can choose to follow God or deny Him and go our own way. It is our choice. Only we can make it.

In one respect, Jesus had the same choice. Being fully man, He had a choice. On the other hand, being fully God, He had no choice. He had to follow the plan. God had laid out the plan hundreds of years in advance. He sent messages to the prophets through the Holy Spirit, providing clues to His plan.

When Jesus started fulfilling His ministry, He knew the end. He knew what had to be done and when it would happen. He knew the message the Holy Spirit had provided to the prophets. He knew the expectation that was set by the Father. He knew the circumstances and sufferings He was going to face.

Can you imagine if you knew what was going to happen in your life, including the moment and way in which you would die? Some will foolishly say they wish they knew. Yet when we take a peek on those who have been told they X months to live due to cancer, we find the vast majority wish they didn’t know. It becomes a black cloud hanging over their head. They go into denial. They fight. They do everything they can to extend their life.

For those of us who follow Christ, we don’t need to fear dying. Though Jesus didn’t want to experience the pain, He had no fear of death and neither should we. He knew He would spend eternity on the throne of God. We know we will spend eternity with Him. Jesus is our example in both life and death, resulting in eternal life with God.

I pray we all spend some time thinking about our choices. I pray we decide to evaluate our past and plan our future based on God’s viewpoint—to the best of our ability. I pray each one of us choose to follow Jesus. Contemplate your choices. Make a plan for your life. Base your choices on God’s desire for you. Trust God to provide. Choose to follow Jesus.

1 Peter 1:10-11 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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