“Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this, in Whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” (Job 12:9, 10)
“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19)
In 1875 the British poet, William Ernest Henley, wrote his most infamous and in-God’s-face poem “Invictus.” Here are some of his words:
“It matters not how strait the gate [to heaven]? How charged with punishments the scroll [of Scriptures]? I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
At 53, Henley died in poverty, with an amputated leg and tuberculosis. He had fallen from a railway car. He died not being the master of his own fate! He wasn’t in control – – the God he hated was!
No human, prince or pauper, decides his own birth, present condition, date of death or what will occur in his life tomorrow! James 4:14 puts it rather succinctly, “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.”
Like it or not, the Almighty God of the Bible controls every detail of this universe – – He decides birth and death and everything in-between and thereafter! No, my friend, nobody decides his own destiny – – only God does!
John’s Gospel (1:12-13) puts it rather plainly, “But as many as received Him
(Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God!”