There are two things I’m passionate about. There are more, but these are the two I’m tickling your ear with today. Freewill and destiny. They seem a contradiction at first glance, but I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, I’m going to explain. Otherwise, this would be a short blog post and you all might start throwing rotten vegetables at me. Can’t have that, can we?
I will tackle destiny first because it is the stuff fairy tales are made of. And I love a good fairy tale. I believe God has set a path for each and every one of us. A scavenger hunt for life. He has a plan…a destiny. Some will never start. Others will join the race late. A few get smart quick and come out of the gate running. To the latter, I tip my hat to you. I am a rock-head and therefore keep falling off course, bruising my foolish pride and scratching my resolve. Lessons in gravity are taught to me frequently. It might be better if my head was rubber. Bounce-back would be much faster.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Is God predetermining our futures?
If so, how is that really freewill?
These are common questions asked by those that sit on the sidelines, soaking in the sin and tripping runners. I know because they have tripped me before. Atheists are the very best at this, so sure of their nothing. Tripping is not the bad thing you may think. Stumbling blocks do not have to be fatal. As a matter-of-fact, they may help you finish the race.
They can make you question everything and seek truth. Do that and you are back on the path in no time.
So how does destiny tie in with freewill? Because your destiny is a gift that can only be chosen. God loves us so much that He gave us the freedom to choose everything or choose nothing. He is plenty powerful enough to force us to bend to His will, but that is not love. It would go against what He is. We must freely choose the destiny He has so lovingly laid out before us.
But that makes you weak…just a puppet.
A popular reply from the sideline. When you hear this, you must decide what you believe. Cramming your running shoe down said heckler’s throat is an option, but it will take you out of the race long enough that you may lose something that was waiting for you. This race does have expiration dates for certain power-ups and sometimes treasures are postponed for years.
Put your shoe back on, smile big at the sideline and make dust. Choose! Destiny may be waiting over the next rise.
Peace, love and God’s will.