The New Year is a contemplative season. We look back and wonder if we’ve reached our goals and potential. Did we stray from our life’s destiny? We summarize our objectives for the New Year, learn from disappointments, and forge new goals to reach our destiny. But what if we don’t know our destiny? What if we’re in a rut floundering through life without a clear purpose? Here’s how to find your destiny.
Do We Need Direction?
When we consider the future or our destiny, it can seem mysterious, but God reassures our future.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
–Matthew 6:34 The Message
Christians agree we need God’s guidance and strength for the future, but sometimes we struggle between practical plans and reliance on God. Is it enough to know our college major or future employment? Sounds like a career goal, but is it our destiny?
Are we wrong to have a plan? Not, at all. We need a plan to set benchmarks for physical, spiritual and business aspirations. It’s how we practice wise stewardship with the gifts, talents and resources God has given us—but is it our destiny?
God’s Starting Point
With every plan, there’s a starting point. I realized (after many years of detours) my starting point was adrift. I jumped ahead with a career goal and almost missed my destiny.
Being adrift exposed me to many worldly undercurrents that pulled me into confusing circumstances. I didn’t want to repeat history and wander like the Israelites for forty years, so time in God’s Word was a better option. God’s grace helped me pause and realign my heart. My reflective pause became God’s starting point, and I began to know Him more intimately.
What’s our destiny?
Our destiny doesn’t come from a place, social position or financial status. It’s a journey that continues indefinitely—it’s eternal.
Our destiny isn’t at the end of a road but in the contents of the Bible.
Our destiny is to know God intimately.
Yes, we’ll have setbacks. We can’t control circumstances, but within each circumstance our journey can trigger childlike faith for God-size living.
Year after year, we can grow in deep relationship with God. We won’t balance life, but God will use life to bring us into balance with Him. That is our destiny, fellowship with Him.
We don’t have to wait to live out our destiny. Our destiny can begin today.
…I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
–Ephesians 3:14-19 The Message
Question: How did God recently exceed your plans? I’d love to hear your praise in the comments below.
Enjoy this year’s journey, and live your destiny.
Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.