Determining Your Own Destiny

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4: 13, 14)

It never ceases to amaze me how cock-sure people can claim what will happen to/for them in the future. They will win the lottery. They will take a vacation on such-and-such a week. They will marry so-and-so. Their kid will be an A student and go on to become famous. Then there are those who do not plan on dying – – that happens to others (especially the elderly), not themselves.

I had an acquaintance tell me one time that when he would die, that would be the end of him – – he would simply go “poof!” Really? My answer to him was, “wishful thinking!” He thought he could determine his own destiny, as so many falsely assume.

In order to make that assumption, you first of all would have to be God, and obviously that is never the case. In the second place, you can’t even tell what will happen to you 10 minutes from now! Ah yes, you can prevent lightening from striking you or a tornado from whisking your home away? Really? What about an earthquake, tsunami or the death of a family member? Who was really prepared for Pearl Harbor or the aftereffects of the stock market crash of 1929? Where were the prognosticators then – – or now?

In other words, humanoids are far too ignorant and weak to determine their own destiny. And they still insist on their “knowledge” and “intuition!” They have become idolaters who wish to usurp the prerogative of God Himself!

Over and over the Bible warns of 1) Upcoming judgment; 2) Accountability of everyone to the Judge of the earth (the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ); 3) An irreversible destiny of either an eternal heaven or an eternal hell; 4) One’s destiny being sealed forever at death. Even the rich and famous and powerful must die – – no exceptions. The question remains, where will you spend eternity? If (read: “since”) the Bible is true, are you not deceiving  yourself? You may wish to reflect on John 3:18, 36 – – your destiny depends on it!

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)

Do you believe? Are you saved?

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