Since the Philadelphia Eagles’ super bowl win on February 4, I’ve been thinking a lot about destiny and why it’s important not to allow circumstances to get the best of you. In a post-super bowl interview Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles shared that at one point he thought his football career was over. He almost allowed his circumstances to cause him to hang up his cleats. He interpreted his difficulties as the end of his career. He had no idea what God had in store for him. Little did he know in a turn of events he would lead the Eagles to their first super bowl victory.
Webster’s Dictionary defines destiny as, “something to which a person or thing is destined.” Your destiny is greater than you could ever imagine. Destiny is an invitation. It’s not decided by an individual. God assigns destiny. Salvation gives you access to your destiny. God is the only one who can lead you to your destiny.
Jeremiah 29:11 says God has plans for your life. Jeremiah 29:12-14 reveals the key to discovering destiny…“Then ye shall call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord.” God knows the plans He has for your life. It’s your job to seek Him to discover His plans.
Destiny is inextricably tied to purpose. There are two types of purpose; God’s purpose and human purpose. God’s purpose empowers and demands “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Only God’s purpose guarantees everything will work out. Human purpose on the other hand doesn’t guarantee the good and bad will work out. Because of God’s great love for you and His purpose for your life, you were created on purpose with destiny in mind.
Destiny demands focus, patience and endurance. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” You never know when you’re on the verge of your breakthrough. God can turn things around in the blink of an eye. Hold on and know that the longer the wait, the bigger the blessing. Regardless of your present circumstances, always remember, “You’re destined to win, equipped to overcome, anointed to endure and victory bound.”
I’d like to share a poem I wrote a while ago. I pray it will bless and encourage you in your purpose and destiny.
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson
No matter the challenge great or small,
Remember God is in the midst of them all.
He’s there with you through thick and thin.
He’ll see you through until the end.
So when the enemy tries to rear his ugly head,
Fear not my child, don’t be filled with dread.
Remember God’s promises are steadfast and true.
Remember to hold fast to them when you’re feeling blue.
I’m praying God gives you the strength to endure.
And of this one thing I’m most certainly sure,
God promised to complete the work He’s begun in you.
I know the things He exposes you to can be scary and new.
But walk in your purpose and destiny.
Allow God to use you for all to see.
Author – Cynthia Jackson (June 19, 2002)