Fate? Chance? Destiny?

I shall not fear though darkened clouds may gather round me;
The God I serve is one who cares and understands.
Although the storms I face would threaten to confound me,
Of this I am assured: I’m in his hands.

I’m in his hands, I’m in his hands;
Whate’er the future holds
I’m in his hands,
The days I cannot see
Have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see;
I’m in his hands.

What though I cannot know the way that lies before me?
I still can trust and freely follow his commands;
My faith is firm since it is he that watches o’er me;
Of this I’m confident: I’m in his hands.

In days gone by my Lord has always proved sufficient,
When I have yielded to the law of love’s demands;
Why should I doubt that he would evermore be present
To make his will my own? I’m in his hands!

“I’m In His Hands” by Stanley E. Ditmer, (1924 – 2003)

 

 

In my time with Jesus today, He told me that every detail of my life is under His control, and mostly, that everything fits into a pattern for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

And for the record

“I do love Him!”

And I am seeing His work in me coming to fulfilment.  Sometimes when I whisper prayers to Him, on several occasions He has answered quickly.  Not always, because I understand that everything is in His time.  Sometimes it takes years for a prayer to be answered, because I don’t have answers to all my prayers yet.  But the thing of it is, I can pray it once and leave it with Him.  I can pray it again after some time to let Him know I’m still hoping.  But inevitably He does not forsake me.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28 NIV

 

Now, because the world is in an abnormal, fallen condition, people tend to think that chance, fate, destiny, governs the universe.  Events happen just because they do, with no meaning.  But people overlook that we humans have limitations regarding understanding.  Most of the time we go running off willy-nilly, because we don’t understand something.  Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  Job 42:1-3 NIV  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6    It is human nature to want to know it all.  But we don’t need to know it all if we trust in God to take care of everything.  We trusted our parents when we were younger to take care of us…why not, now we are older, put our trust in God to see us through, whether or not we know the whys of everything.  Life isn’t just happenstance.  God even knows how many hairs are on our heads.  He knows us by our names.  Although it may be a narrow road to travel, it’s a plan with a purpose with God who blesses us, makes us happy and fulfilled, leaving us not to worry about tomorrow.   

Under the surface of our visible world are mysteries way too vast for our comprehension.  If we could just resolve to ourselves that we don’t know and aren’t meant to know all the answers to everything, then perhaps we could just enjoy the here and now.  If you could only see how close He is to you, as I see how close He is to me, you would never doubt how wonderfully he cares for you.  I call this living by faith, not by sight by what we do see.  There are some things in this life I’ve seen and see and wish I could un-see them.  But with my faith I notice the most beautiful things God has given us and I must say they’re pretty awesome!  And we would never doubt again that He is taking care of us.  “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:6-7    If we remain faithful to God many mysteries and knowledge will be made known to us when we see Jesus face to face.

 

Also, apart from the living Word, which is Jesus, God’s greatest tangible gift is His written Word, the Bible, which is packed with promises about the future, and not just that, but each day we live right now in the present.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1  “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,  full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14   It is amazing how up-to-date the Bible really is as to what is going on around us.  It’s all there, what’s happening right now.  But of course you would have to read it to really get my drift!  God is intensely interested in the person I am becoming and the person you could be in Him.  God equips us for the future by transforming who we are.  His Word brings clarity, wisdom and guidance.  While our outward circumstances may not change, our trusting and transformed heart will find hope in Jesus.  

I don’t need to leave anything to fate, destiny or chance. 

I put Jesus first and trust what He tells me about what the future holds.

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!”

                       (Words by Bill Gaither)

 

Are you leaving your life to chance?