God has a destiny for you. Have you chosen to enter it? If you have, just know that following such a path will demand your faith be stretched and your courage tested.
The word destiny sounds mysterious, but it need not. By destiny, I merely refer to God’s plan for your life. It is the life you will live if you choose to follow God.
Don’t get destiny confused with a glamorous, or famous, life. The life God has planned for you may or may not become front page news. Consider the example of Abraham in scripture. We know him now, but in his day he was only the head of a small family of nomads amidst much larger civilizations. But God had a destiny for Abraham to follow and that destiny would have far reaching impact. Consider the scripture…
“The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him…and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.” (Genesis 12:1-5, NIV)
This simple act of obedience would define the history of God’s people for thousands of years. It would establish God’s chosen people in the Promised Land and it would be through Abraham that Christ would come.
From Abraham we learn some important lessons about God’s plan for our lives, our destiny.
God’s destiny is meant for blessing:
*His destiny is meant to be blessing for you. God said to Abraham, “I will bless you.” God says the same to us. Follow me and you will experience blessing.
*His destiny is meant to bless others through you. God told Abraham that following his destiny would result in his life becoming “a blessing.” The adventure of God is always about making us a channel of His blessings to others.
*His destiny is to bring blessing to the next generations after you. After arriving in Canaan God said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” (v. 7) We should always be aware that the choices we make to follow God today will impact the generations to come.
God’s destiny demands our courage:
- We must leave the familiar. To enter his destiny he had to leave the life of comfort and predictability. He left his country, people, and father’s household. To enter the adventures God has for you, you will have to be willing to leave the status quo. If you do not, you will never be able to take the next step.
- We must follow God into the unfamiliar. God said, “go to the land I will show you.” Abraham had never been there before. Are you willing to step into experiences you are unfamiliar with in order to follow God. You will never experience the adventure of God, until you venture into that which is unknown to you.
The Challenge: Ask yourself the question: Is the Lord prompting me to step out of a comfort zone to venture into a new experience of serving Him? If so, today take your first steps and follow God into the unfamiliar.
Question: What have you found to be the greatest rewards to following God into a new adventure? You can leave a comment by clicking here.