Does God have a plan for each of us? Or are our lives simply controlled by fate?
These questions are often asked by many people, including Christians. First of all, when I say ‘God’s plan’, I don’t mean aspects such as what you will wear tomorrow or when your next dentist appointment is. I’m talking about His special plan which are the aspects and events that occur in our life that bless us and brings us closer to Him. In order to better understand what God’s plan is, we need to first understand the difference between God’s Plan and Fate.
So, what is the difference between God’s Plan and Fate? It can be fairly easy to confuse the two as being related. They are, in fact, different. First, let’s take a look at Fate:
The Webster’s dictionary defines fate as:
“an inevitable and often adverse outcome.”
Basically, this means that fate is a force that is uncontrollable. A force where everything that transpires in our lives is pre-determined. This is the point where people are confused by the comparison of fate and God’s plan. Isn’t this what God’s plan is? It most definitely isn’t.
” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God created each and every one of us and with that; a plan. However, before you can fulfill that purpose, you need to establish a relationship with God. In order for us to be able to know and experience His plan for us, we need to accept Him into our lives by confessing our sins to Him. Being faithful to the calling of God and being dedicated to fulfilling His purpose that He has created for you is the second step.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
James 5:16 (ESV)
The Bible is our instruction manual. This book describes fully how we must live a Christian life. It provides insight on how to lead your life through all of life’s circumstances. The bible points out constantly of the importance of relying on others for encouragement and support in life. Here are some examples:
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:1-2 (ESV)
The meaning of everyone’s lives will be judged by God when we die. God will ask what we did with our talents and gifts. He will ask if we chose to help others or if we were selfish. He will ask if we had accepted Jesus into our heart and followed Him.
The bottom line is this: in order to truly know what God has planned for your life and to live a life of fulfillment, you will need to choose to accept Him into your life and apply this truth to your God-given abilities and circumstances.
God’s Plan is rewarding. It is good, acceptable, and perfect. But it isn’t fate. We have to choose it for our own lives.
Choose God and see for yourself.