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Destiny

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?

  1. That to which any person or thing is destined; a predetermined state; a condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom.

  2. The fixed order of things; invincible necessity; fate; an irresistible power or agency conceived of as determining the future, whether in general or of an individual.

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.

Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 NIV

Not a happy thought, is it? Our destiny is to die. If we stop there.

Solomon, in all his wisdom, continues.

Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

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.

Ecclesiastes 9:4-10

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.

I have seen something else under the sun:

Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

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

 

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From A-Z Author Book Reader and Reviewer Christian Diligent Editor Faith-based Giant-in-stature Home Educator Intuitive Java-Enthusiast Knitter Labrador Retriever Owner Mother of Three Boys Note-Taker Organizer Poet Quiet Moments (a rare commodity!) RV Camping Singer in Church Choir T U Violist Wife of My High School Sweetheart X Yarn-Lover (the wool kind and the story kind) Z

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