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Smart choices and not destiny

13 January 2015, 11:41 Austine Anyahara

The word Destiny is one of the most misunderstood and misused words by many. The issue of destiny is complex and requires a conscious effort before one can understand it. First and foremost, what is Destiny in lay man's understanding, it is a Godly mandate of what God has said they will be in life but how does the oxford advance learner's dictionary define Destiny, It say that it is what happens to somebody or what will unavoidable happen to somebody in the future, wikipedia corroborate this definition by saying that Destiny is the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future, by the above definitions one can say that Destiny is sacrosanct meaning it cannot be changed, derailed or improved, it is fixed only waiting for maturity date and believers in Destiny attribute it to be the act of God but is this true? Did God actually create man in robotic nature where he has no say or will power regarding what becomes of him and his affairs, before we answer those questions let's consider what CHOICE is, the same oxford advanced learner's dictionary says that CHOICE is an act of choosing between two or more possibilities or the right to choose, which in essence means availability of multiple options.

Now let's come back to destiny which many believe is God's indelible stamp of what they will be. In Genesis 1vs26 there was a consensus before man came into existence and after man became a living being God in verse 28 blessed him and sent him forth but not without warning as to what to avoid to ensure his comfort so in Genesis 2vs16-17 God commanded man to enjoy the fruits of the trees in his place of abode but the fruit of the tree in the centre of the garden he should avoid it like a leper else he fall, from the foregoing it was now the CHOICE Adam will make either to avoid that tree and its fruit or eat of the fruit that will determine his future and relationship with God in that paradise garden and not his Destiny. And in Genesis3vs1-7, the matriarch Eve made that costly CHOICE of eating the Forbidden fruit and his husband followed suit and that inglorious choice shut them out of grace and favor from God's presence and they were driven out of their beautiful home.

Now if destiny believed to be the act of God was real,  then  the disobedient act of Adam and Eve can be excused and seen as the act of God who has destined them to disobedience but the scripture says God does not test men with evil neither is God tested with evil, No work man labors to build with the intention to destroy what he has labored build and if any God could not be such.      

The proponents of destiny may posit and argue to support their claim to the existential of destiny using Bible characters like the lord Jesus{the humble savior of my soul}, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, Samson etc as their examples of people destined, yes, the future of these people were foretold, they were appointed to fulfil a divine mandate for a season and such is one of the attributes of God's nature, at any point in time God can delegate, send or commission someone for a particular mission after which he can release that individual to carry on with his/her life, take for example the virgin marry after the birth of our lord Jesus, God released her to lead a normal married family life, Jehu  a captain in king Ahab army was appointed to rule to avenge the blood of Naboth {against Ahab household} who was killed by Ahab because of his father's vineyard, many such cases abound so a lot of people see and compare and believe that these divine appointments are destinies.                     

I repeat destiny by definition is sacrosanct, indestructible, irredeemable and non amendable. The fallacious belief in Destiny has made many redundant and non progressive in life because they believe there is something special God wants them to be, yet they don't know it and how do you achieve what you don't know or aspire for. The good{smart}choices we fail to make or bad choices we make in life work 95% to determine how life treats us. If one fails to be pragmatic and do the right things at the right time and utilise every God given opportunity no destiny from anywhere can make him/her to be anything great or special. God in

Matt7vs7 said ask and it shall be given, seek ye shall find and knock it shall be opened unto you, brotherly that's a call and command to choose and not destiny, if any refuse to ask, seek and knock, no door opens, nothing will be found and nothing will be given, so in essence it is what we ask that we receive, what we seek we find and the door we knock that opens and not our destiny which we don't even know what it is.                                      

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