What is my destiny?
Many people wonder. It becomes an obsession for some to figure it out. We especially wonder about it when bad things happen to us that cannot be explained, that seem cruel, and that are unfair.
Perhaps what we should ask first is What is destiny?
The Bible gives a more specific definition.
So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.
This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.
Not a happy thought, is it? Our destiny is to die. If we stop there.
Solomon, in all his wisdom, continues.
For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even their name is forgotten.
Their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
Whatever we have been given in this life, we must enjoy it as our destiny.
But, my life isn’t that enjoyable.
Solomon knew that, too.
So, what hope do we have? Why enjoy the life we have been given?
Through Christ, we are predestined. It is a verb that means
- (transitive) To determine the future or the fate of something in advance; to preordain.
- (theology, transitive) To foreordain by divine will.
God’s action overrides the end result every time.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
That’s how we live out the Ecclesiastical destiny! We remember that we have already been chosen by God to do amazing things according to His will and purpose. That when we die, the end result is far better than anything we could experience here on earth.