Destiny decisions are decisions we make that alter our life or life path. Sometimes we have dreams that show us things and other times events happen in our life that alter our life plans. I do not know of anyone who gets married with the intention of getting a divorce 5, 10 or 15 years down the road.
People don’t get an education in a specific field to work a job or build a career in a completely different field. Granted, we discover new areas and change our path but for the most part, people get educated in a field they hope to or plan to work.
The word destiny means state or condition predetermined, ultimate fate. But people, we say, are destined to greatness or destined to failure. How mankind determines another’s destiny is beyond me. If you look at Joseph’s life you would not consider him destined to greatness until he became second to Pharaoh. Then in retrospect we see how God set things in order for Joseph to save not only Israel, but to save Egypt and the world at that time.
The word destiny does not even appear in the scriptures but the word purpose does. And purpose is defined as intention, design. Man looks at purpose from a self-centered perspective. Another words, why did God create “me” ? But destiny implies a predetermined point. Let me try to explain.
If you were to plan a vacation, a holiday you would set a destination for your vacation. Your destiny is the location of your trip. You are destined to arrive at the location. But purpose has nothing to do with the destination. People say they look for purpose in life but what they mean is they do not see or understand their destiny. And like Joseph, we can’t see destiny, but in hind sight, we can see purpose.
Because the world is corrupted from sin man looks to God for purpose in hopes of reaching a destiny. An example. You plan a trip, a vacation or a business trip or any trip. You lay out travel arrangements, how long you will be on this trip, your mode of transportation and what you look to accomplish on this trip. Your destiny is where you end up on the trip. As you take your trip there may be interruptions. You run into a storm, an accident, your car or plane has mechanical issues, you get sick, your husband or wife leaves you, you loose your job and in Joseph’s case, he was sold into slavery.
Joseph was young and just starting his walk through life when his own brothers sold him into slavery. We don’t expect our marriages to break up. We don’t expect people to use or abuse us, especially family members. We don’t expect people to get sick and die or be killed at a young age. Often we ask ourselves, what did I do wrong. Some foolish people even blame God and turn away from God or get angry with God.
Imagine if Joseph turned away from God or blamed God? And Joseph did not have a clue what his destination was or his destiny. Joseph was on a journey through life that got interrupted. And Joseph had no control over what happened to him through the interruptions. But God had a purpose, to use Joseph to save Israel, save Egypt and the world.
Remember, Joseph was a godly young man. He made decisions based on God’s word. He had a heart for God. So Joseph chose to continue to honor God through all the interruptions in his life. He still obeyed God even though everything appeared to go wrong. Joseph made destiny decisions. On his way to his life’s destination, he would love and obey God in spite of the interruptions.
Destiny decisions we all make. On our trip though life to our life’s destination, we make decisions. Some decisions we make are good, others not so good. But we also get interruptions. Interruptions like sickness, abandoned, beaten, hurt interrupt our travels. And it is not until we get down the road a bit in life when we are able to see purpose. Usually, we start to see God’s purpose. And those who know not God, never see purpose. Why?
Ephesians 1:10-12 KJV “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
Until next time.