The word destiny is a form of the word destination. It challenges the idea that we live a purposeless, meandering, pointless existence. It projects a life that is leading to somewhere specific. To me the thought that in His kingdom that I have a destiny and am heading for a specific destination is comforting. The devil would have me believe that this life was random and that I was a victim of the chaos of the events around me. He would have me seek meaning, identity, and direction from schemes of my own making. He knows my nature of needing answers to the big questions and tries to misdirect me from reality. But I know that my destiny is found in my creator.
This is a comforting thought in the chaos of life. Though there is a plan and destination, the way is not straight and will have difficulties. I will struggle to make sense of things. I will not comprehend all the twists and turns that are in the path of my journey. This confidence in my creator gives me a sense of purpose even in difficult moments. It gives me stamina when I feel like giving up. It gives me faith when I begin to doubt. It gives me perspective and direction when I get lost and lose my way. God is faithful to remind us when we lose that sense of destiny when we begin to forget.
The phrase “be strong and courageous” is repeated to each of the patriarchs when God began to sense that they needed a reminder. Your destiny will require the best of you. It will require all of you. It will require strength and courage. It will test you. By its very nature, it will demand that you put away your masks and work out of reality. It will be based on your unique gifts and skills. It is what you are created for. That means no confusion of identity. No rejection of yourself or your creator will be allowed. How can you walk in your destiny if you reject the giver of that destiny and the very skills it will require. It is not possible to be weak and remain faithful to your true identity.
Your destiny is also a form of promise. When Satan tries to discourage you, it stands as a stake in the ground to remind you that he is lying and cannot be trusted. Remember that his job is to “steal, kill and destroy…” (John 10:10), while God promises “life and life more abundant” (John 10:10). When Satan speaks he deceives. That is his “natural language (John 8:44). Your destiny stands whether you feel it or not. It remains in Him as His promise to you and your future. It may not be visible at this moment. It may not seem to be moving fast enough. One of my profs in college used to say, “God’s clock keeps perfect time.” He does know what he is doing even the way may seem chaotic. His promise remains even though the way is not without obstacles. The power of His promise shows up uniquely when the way is difficult. When the way seems dark and the obstacles rise ahead of you remember, your destiny is intact. Your creator and the one who made the promise are still working on your behalf. He has not forgotten you. Remember to hold tightly to His hand so he can lead you through. He will not let you fall.