Safeguarding your Destiny
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There is a purpose for which every person was created by God. Indeed for every believer there is also a purpose for which we were called out of darkness. The scriptures tell us that even while we were yet in our mother’s womb, God knew us and not only that; we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. Suffice to say that there is a reason for our existence which must be accomplished. In nature, we see the initial conception of a child in the womb, then the birth of that child and finally the weaning and development of that child to full maturity. In the same wise, we effectively say that a man’s purpose is birthed in him, and it is up to him to bring it forth, nurture and develop it till there is a fulfillment. It is not the intention of this writer to look at the purpose or destiny of a man, but rather highlight several issues that we must be aware of as we desire to fulfil destiny. This is important because just as King Herod became aware of the birth of the messiah and sought to kill Him, so also is the enemy aware of the great expected end that lies ahead of us and it is his desire to prevent us from fulfilling purpose in life. Indeed he is desperate to see to it that we do not fulfil destiny. It would therefore be wise of us to understand the path that lies ahead of us and the dangers therein.
Safeguarding your Destiny
It has been earlier explained that everyone who is born-again has a God-given purpose to fulfil and that purpose is just like a child from conception in the womb, to the bringing forth and nurturing to fullness. We must however not be ignorant of the wiles of the devil whose desire is to make sure we do not fulfil destiny. What are the important things to know? How can we properly preserve our destiny till its fulfilment? We would therefore study a passage in the Bible perhaps we would be able to glean wisdom therein.
Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him. 17 And one woman said, “O my lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. 18 Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together; no one was with us in the house, except the two of us in the house. 19 And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21 And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son whom I had borne.”
22 Then the other woman said, “No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.”And the first woman said, “No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.”Thus they spoke before the king.
23 And the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! But your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’” 24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. 25 And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.”
26 Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, “O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him.”
27 So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother.”
28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
Quite a number of us are familiar with this passage in the bible. Indeed it is this passage that gives us ample description of the profound wisdom that King Solomon possessed. However, we would not be looking at this passage in terms of the wisdom displayed by the king, but rather in terms of the things we need to carefully watch out for as we look to safeguard our destiny.
Every friendship, relationship or association usually has a measure of influence, and it is thus important to note that we must be very careful of every influence upon our lives.
Wrong association can lead to termination of destiny
“And one woman said, ‘O my Lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house’.”
In this passage, I believe that the problem for the first woman arose because she dwelt in the same house with the other woman. The truth is that wrong association can affect and terminate destinies. Indeed the scriptures tell us that evil communication corrupts good manners. How unfortunate that several destinies which started brightly ended up in sudden deaths because he married the wrong woman or she married the wrong man! I have also seen several bright hardworking young men and women whose life took a nose dive because they ended up in the wrong company. Every friendship, relationship or association usually has a measure of influence, and it is thus important to note that we must be very careful of every influence upon our lives. In 1 Kings 22:29-33, we see that King Jehoshaphat almost lost his life because he went to battle with King Ahab who it seems was destined to die. As children of light, we have no business to be closely attached to people whose primary duty it seems is to walk in darkness. We must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. How would you as a serious born-again Christian have a best friend who is an unbeliever or even a nominal Christian? In fact i go further to say that we must also be careful of even those who seem to be like us. In the passage above, it is important to note that the two women were both harlots, that is, they were both of the same kind. Let me thus conclude on this point by saying that we must be careful of the kind of influence on our lives as that would determine whether we would reach our final destinations as we desire.
Be watchful and prayerful.
In the passage, we see that a lot of things actually happened during the night. It was at night that one of the women slept on her own child. It was also that same night she went on to exchange her dead child with the other woman’s living child. There is something about this night that we must be careful about. You see, the night is a period when a lot of people fall asleep and are less conscious of their immediate environment. It is also when men sleep that the enemy comes to sow tares. We must thus be watchful and prayerful; our guards must not be let down at any time for the devil roars about like a lion looking for preys. The night could also signify a period of challenge or trying situation when it seems so easy to turn your back on what you once believed in. It is quite unfortunate that some destinies have been prematurely terminated because of that night of unfortunate sex! Yes, some destinies have been permanently altered because of that ‘night of compromise’ when he agreed to pay bribe to get that admission, when she slept with that lecturer to get extra marks. May God help us. We must cry out to God for grace to remain steadfast that we may not sleep or slumber.
Do not sleep on your destiny
We see that one of the women lost her child because she slept on it. A lot of people have with their own hands terminated their destinies. Some have terminated their destinies because of sex, money or what they could get. Samson’s great destiny was prematurely terminated because of his love for women. This was a man who a whole nation had great expectations for even while in his mother’s womb. Yet he seemingly failed because of his insatiable appetite for women. A friend once said, ‘to sleep on the laps of Delilah is to wake up in the hands of your enemy’. What about a man called Judah; he lost his staff, his authority, and his prestige because of sex with a prostitute. What about that young man called Esau who ended his destiny because of food? Our destinies are so to speak in our hands. What we must do is to watch over it, nurture it and not sleep on it. Sin, disobedience to God’s word can terminate destinies.
A friend once said, ‘to sleep on the laps of Delilah is to wake up in the hands of your enemy’.
Do not let your destiny be exchanged or stolen
We see that also at night, there was an exchange that took place. One of the women exchanged her dead child for that of the other woman. I must say at this point that not only can destinies be terminated, they can also be exchanged. One of the easiest ways of exchanging destinies is through sex which unfortunately a lot of people in our time seem to be ignorant of. Indeed the scriptures tell us that the devil seeks not only to kill and destroy buy also to steal. Let me go further to state that the devil/Lucifer was once an adored minister of worship in heaven, but he terminated his destiny because of pride. Now, he is in the business of exchanging his terminated destiny for other peoples’ destinies. We must not be ignorant. We must not allow the enemy to steal our glorious future and exchange it for a hopeless one.
Be wise to examine your life daily
We must constantly examine our lives from time to time. This must be done even as we continually yield our lives to Him for He alone is faithful to keep watch over us. It was not until the woman examined her child in the morning that she discovered that it was dead and then she quickly cried out. Is it not wise if we daily examine our lives using God’s word so that any issue could be quickly corrected by God’s word? Have you not started noticing signs of backsliding in your life? Does it not look to you that you are in the wrong relationship that would take you nowhere? Can you not see that you are beginning to slumber and sleep, yet the enemy lurks around? We must not be ignorant at any time and we must be sincere to admit and retrace our steps if we are beginning to walk on the wrong path.
You cannot nurture a dead destiny
The passage tells us that when the woman woke up in the morning to nurse her child, she discovered it was dead. The fact is that no matter how much you nurture a dead child, once there is no life, it is a mere exercise in futility. It is painful to know that several people are today nurturing already terminated destinies; they are on paths that cannot take them anywhere. Some have had their destinies altered for one reason or the other. However, all hope is not lost for those who would cry out to the Lord for restoration like the woman did in this case. For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down that it will sprout again at the scent of water.
Grace for redemption and restoration
Peradventure, you have fallen victim to the wiles of the enemy and it looks as if your destiny has been affected in one way or the other. Do not lose heart; do not give up instead cry out to Him. There is a river that flows from the throne of mercy that is able to bring about a restoration of life, of all that it seems that the enemy has stolen. Yes, He says that He will restore all the years that the locust and cankerworm have eaten if you turn to Him. God is merciful and gracious and is able and more than willing to restore life to dead destinies and set you on the right path once again.
I must conclude by saying that the devil is desperate to terminate bright destinies, and if not, at least leave a permanent scar on our glorious future. We must of necessity not be ignorant; rather we must be watchful and prayerful lest we become prey. It is my prayer that we all would fulfil destiny.
The Post at A Glance!
Summary There is a purpose for which every person was created by God. Indeed for every believer there is also a purpose for which we were called out of darkness. The scriptures tell us that even while we were yet in our mother’s womb, God knew us and not only that; we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works.
Life Purpose and Spiritual FUlfilment