Finding Your Divine Destiny
One of the most important things you’ll ever do is discover your divine destiny. Although there are general purposes for which man was created, there are unique reasons why each person is brought into the world. Your divine destiny is the unique set of purposes for which God has created you.
While it’s true that we were created for His good pleasure, part of His pleasure is watching us grow into what He designed us to be and to do. And while it’s also true that we are human “beings” and not human “doings”, what we “do” in this life does matter.
So how do we know what God has created us to do?
Your specific destiny is closely tied to the passions of your heart—the things you desire more than anything else. God is the one who gives us the desires of our heart and they’re given for a specific reason. They’re placed there to motivate and propel us toward our divinely ordained destiny.
Many times we let obstacles like time and money prevent us from fully pursuing our destiny. One person’s destiny might involve being a painter, but if they believe that painting won’t pay the bills, they may forego their destiny and instead, settle for a job at a bank. Another person’s destiny might be to record music but if they feel they can’t earn a living as a musician, they might settle for a job in a factory. Fear is what usually prevents us from pursuing our destiny, and the thing that empowers fear is our belief in the lie that we can’t earn a living from it.
To remove fear from the equation, ask yourself what you would do if time and money were no object. If you had all the resources you needed, and all the time in the world, what would you do with the rest of your life?
My true passion is writing. It probably always has been, though for most of my life I suppressed my desire to write. I never thought I could make a living doing it, so for the last three decades, I made a living as a paramedic. After having a series of conversations with my wife—who saw just as clearly my destiny as a writer as I saw hers as a painter—I began spending my free time pursuing a career as a writer. And the more I pursued what God created me to do, the more time and resources He made available for me. Put another way, as I came into alignment with my divine assignment, the favor of God increased on what I was doing. Today I’m living out my destiny. I write for a living and I love doing it.
If you’re going to live out the destiny God has planned for you, consider taking an inventory of your passions and ask yourself what one thing really gets you excited. It’s likely that this one thing is somehow tied to your divine destiny. If there is some career you can name that involves this thing—this passion, consider pursuing it and see if God doesn’t open a few doors for you.