Read Acts 2:22-24
Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”
“Everything happens for a reason. Everything has a purpose.”
The world relies on fate and destiny for their lives. Like Christians, they believe everything happens for a reason. Unlike Christians, they base their trust and security unto an unknown, intangible force. I can place my trust in an all-knowing, tangible being. I can have a personal relationship with the One that has power over my life. I’m not relying on something whose character or attributes I know nothing about.
To rely on fate or destiny is like throwing yourself off a cliff in hopes that the abyss will stop you from falling. “Ohp, hear you go. Here’s my life. I don’t know what’s going to happen and I don’t really understand you, but I’m going to hope for the best!” With God, I know His plan. I know what awaits me in the future, who He is and what He has done for me, and I know He will catch me when I fall. You can have this assurance too.
With destiny and fate, all that awaits for you along the path is disappointment, insecurity, confusion, and hopelessness. You can’t touch destiny or fate. People in the past have touched Jesus, like the women who clenched his robe on her knees and the woman who dried Jesus’ feet with her hair. Someday, I will be able to be held by Jesus. Destiny and fate are formless, void-less, and intangible, but Christ isn’t.
With destiny and fate, all that awaits for you along the path is disappointment, insecurity, confusion, and hopelessness. “
God’s Predetermined Plan
God had a predetermined plan for Jesus (vs. 22). He knew all that Jesus would endure, the ridicule, the physical abuse, and separation from God. All that He endured was horrible, yet He knew that it would come for good. God was in control as He was put on the cross, not destiny or fate. It was no surprise to Him that He would be put to death and it was also no surprise that He would raise from the grave. Christ endured all the bad, so that the precious gift of salvation could be offered to us all. Our Creator endured hardship on the cross, yet He was in control the whole time. Life didn’t surprise Him.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
If God was in control and allowed the death of His own son, knowing what He would endure, don’t you think God has a hold of your life? What you may be experiencing now may seem completely hopeless. Not even death has power over God (vs. 24), so whatever forces you may be thinking are against you, God most certainly has power over them.
If you think that you can’t trust God because you don’t believe He is real, remember that He came to earth as a man, still being fully God. He wasn’t floating in the air like you may think destiny and fate are; He was human. Even if that is hard to believe, there were hundreds of witnesses of Jesus’ power through miraculous “wonders and signs” (vs. 22).
Christ endured all the bad, so that the precious gift of salvation could be offered to us all.”
Trust God in All Things
God can be trusted. You can lay your life in His hands. God was in control of one of the greatest tragedies on the history of earth and was able to use it for good, so don’t underestimate what He has in store for you. He can take your hardships and use them for good (Romans 8:28). All you have to do is put your trust in Him. This doesn’t mean that the moment you place your life in God’s hands that everything is going to be all cookies and unicorns.
In fact, circumstances may not get any better, but your perspective on the situation will. You failed a test last week? No worries. God had a plan for that. You end up failing the class later in the semester? No worries. God also has a plan for that. By failing that class, God may have closed a door for you, steering you towards a different major or career choice that you will end up being much happier with. You end up getting laid off? No worries. God has a plan.
Maybe this was His way of saving you from going through something bad that would have occurred in the future in that job. Maybe He is leading you towards a different job or maybe He is just using it as a way to remind you that you have no control over anything and He is pointing you back to relying on Him.
God was in control of one of the greatest tragedies on the history of earth and was able to use it for good, so don’t underestimate what He has in store for you. “
Place your trust in God, not in fate or destiny. Everything does happen for a reason because everything is part of God’s plan. Your life has a purpose because of Christ. With Christ, you can be satisfied, secured, assured, and hopeful.
Use this graphic as a wallpaper for your phone and be reminded of God’s precious plan for you every day!