Text: Jeremiah 1:4-5
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
Destiny is simply your responses to opportunities that come your way. Opportunities are the stepping stones to great destinies. Opportunities are the chances presented to you to make your dreams possible. Therefore, every loss of opportunities takes you backward or keeps you stagnant in the pathway of destiny. To lose opportunities is to lose destiny.
However, you must focus on God’s plan for your life rather than opportunities. Opportunities that take you out of your destiny path, no matter how attractive and promising they may appear, are not to be desired. It is like a man who was traveling to a particular city but who had to pass through a T-junction. He was attracted to the left route, which was smooth and straight but eventually got him completely off his destination. What a wasted destiny! Balaam almost lost his life when he attempted to set aside God’s plan because of an opportunity (Num 22:33; Jude 1:11). Likewise, when the young prophet followed other plans outside of what God had told him, he lost his life (1 Kgs 13:20-25).
Hear this: “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for“ (Jer 29:11 GNT).
God didn’t create you to just fill a space. You are not a product of an intellectual afterthought. You are not a biological or genetic accident. You are not a mishap. Even if you were born out of wedlock, rape or a mistake, God already mapped out a destiny path before you were conceived. Your channel of birth is not as important as God’s plan for you. He told Jeremiah, “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.” (Jer 1:5 MSG).
Friends, fulfilling destiny is discovering God’s plan for you and following it strictly. Not all opportunities lead to this destiny path. God says, “I alone know the plans I have for you..”. It means you can’t discover your destiny outside God, secondary sources, or through opportunities. Rather, you discover it by knowing God and His word. Your destiny is not your desire but your discovery. It is not an ambition but a vision that is born out of revelation. Locate God’s plan for your future and discretely choose the opportunities that you respond to.
1. Father, let me never walk out of your plans for my life because of opportunities, no matter how attractive they are, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, please reveal the plans you have for me and help me to choose only opportunities that align with them in Jesus’ name.
1. I don’t just choose opportunities, but I choose opportunities that align with God’s plan for my life.
2. I discover God’s plan for my life through knowing God and the revelation of His word.