Large & in Charge

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5, ESV

The past couple of weeks I’ve been reading, studying, meditating on, teaching on, preaching on, eating, living, breathing “Divine Destiny.” God has really been stirring in me a new look at this truth that seems to be captivating believers and unbelievers alike. Everyone wants to know their destiny, wants to achieve a destiny, and wants everyone else to recognize them upon the arrival of their destiny.

A God-centered destiny, though, is not glamorous or self-centered. His destiny is not even a destination we achieve. Sadly, many Christians often believe that a believer’s destiny is heaven or some distant goal that must be achieved. Heaven is definitely a place I look forward to spending eternity, but it is not my “destiny;” rather, it is only the beginning of my eternal destiny. My destiny will continue throughout all eternity; I merely change locations. Instead of an earthly journey, I begin a heavenly journey. My destiny, though, doesn’t change.

A true, God-centered destiny is not a destination, but a journey. Christianity is not about an “arrival point,” achievement of some special goal, or even “making it by the skin of my teeth.” A true life lived for God finds out that destiny is the fulfillment of our journey with God that begins before we were ever born!

Our destiny begins in the mind of God. Before we ever breathe our first breath, our eternal destiny, our eternal pilgrimage, is on the mind of God. When we take our first breath, we begin the living reality of that journey. Eternity, rather in Heaven or Hell, will be the continuation of the realization of our destiny–one in which we enjoy the fullness of God, or we become awakened to a God-centered destiny we could have journeyed.

Often times we find ourselves questioning God:  Why? Where? When? How come? What a peace the reality of a God-centered destiny brings. It is no longer I who question God, but I realize before I ever considered God, He considered me! Before I could ever question God, He had a plan and purpose for my life. Because of this reality, I can rest assured He has my best interest and His glory in mind. He will not forsake His own oath which He swore by Himself. He knows me and Has my joy secure in Him!

He appointed me! He set me apart! He alone has justified me! Paul’s writing in Romans 8 rings ever too clear in comparison to Jeremiah 1:5 in that God alone predestines, calls, justifies, and glorifies. He is our salvation and our savior! He is our sacrifice and our high priest! Because of this, Romans 5 says I can be at peace!

Today, what circumstance are you facing? What trouble do you find yourself in? What mountain top are you rejoicing on? Know that in all of these, my hope and my peace are found in Him and they began before I ever took a breath. His endless, eternal, unchanging love has been for me before I ever knew Him. Rest on your journey in knowing He is the fulfillment of your destiny! Your journey with Him is what must be enjoyed!

Compete with Horses

Jeremiah 12:5a (ESV)

If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses?

I’ve been preparing for my upcoming message and small group discussions as well as an upcoming Sunday School class I’ll be teaching. God has really been stirring in me this concept of “Divine Destiny.” I remember as I’ve grown up, there have been many times I thought I would “arrive” in Christianity. I compared myself to some of the “big name” ministers and thought–“God, if I could be like them…I’ve arrived.” Scary! That’s not God’s plan for any of us. Recently, God has been resurfacing those thoughts I had as a youth and really compelling me to take a deeper look and teach this series on God’s Divine Destiny: A God-Centered Destiny for Your Life.

Reality check–God has destiny, a plan, a purpose for each of us. We often times get so caught up in the mundane, day to day living, and even survival mode, that we forget we were created by a master planner who has every detail of our lives figured out. Before we were ever born, God was “large and in charge”. When we took our first breath, we stepped into a living reality of that plan. We went from being a thought in God’s mind to a breathing reality in a moment.

God has set eternity within our hearts. As we grow in this understanding we find ourselves at times assuming that at some point we will arrive at some earthly destiny; however, God’s plan is not an earthly achievement, but a heavenly one–an Eternal One!

Have you found yourself wearied by life? Caught up in the mundane? If day to day life has wearied you, it is because you’ve lost your focus of the eternal plan and the All-Wise, All-Knowing, and All-Powerful One who created that plan. Racing the “rat race” of life will weary you, but by zeroing in your focus on the eternal plan of God, you will gain strength and rest.

Today, my challenge is to realign every area of my life where I find myself trying to compete with man and the rat race, and recognize God’s eternal plan for my life that began in His mind before I ever took a breath!