We talked in a previous post about God being the One Who changes times and seasons (Daniel 2:21). I sense that we are currently in such a season change. A major shift is taking place. God is going to do a new thing, and I’m praying for His understanding about what that will look like.
How do season shifts affect us personally, especially our destiny? We can rest confidently in what God has spoken to us in the past about His purposes for us. Everything He has said will eventually take place, because He is completely truthful and faithful.
However, the journey to fulfillment is rarely an “as the arrow flies” trip. It will take many twists and turns, zigs and zags, before we get there. Often, it will look as though a part of what we thought God was speaking has died. It hasn’t. God is not forgetful. While we are waiting, if we keep faithfully serving the Lord, we will fulfill other parts of His blueprint for our life — things we didn’t even realize were part of the plan.
Typically, the major purposes God has for us take time to mature. Behind the scenes, God is weaving all the threads together, quietly working while we think nothing is happening. At the right time, what we thought had died will come to life again.
When there is a lull — even a shut door — in our destiny, it’s easy to think, “I prepared. I prayed. And now it’s gone.” This is the time to do two things: rest in God’s faithfulness and actively move in what God has put to our hand in the present moment. We can be fruitful in other areas besides what God specifically spoke to us about. Look for the opportunities He has dropped right on your doorstep. These are part of His plan for you, too.
I am a prophetic person; I live in the future I have foreseen. But I have learned that we must also live in our now. The prophet Jeremiah gave instruction for the current situation to the Israelites exiled in Babylon. It is a word we would do well to heed: “Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat the fruit of them” (Jeremiah 29:5). That is part of fulfilling God’s complete plan for us — be productive where we are while we are waiting. It doesn’t negate the promise showing up a few sentences later: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (v. 11). Both are rock-solid realities.
In changing times and seasons in our lives, sometimes a door closes abruptly. That doesn’t mean it is forever. The Lord will reopen it at the right moment, perhaps as abruptly as it closed, perhaps gradually swinging it open before us.
While we are waiting for the parts of His plan that we know, He has multiple other purposes for us to fulfill. Some of them will pop up as sudden surprises. He doesn’t reveal everything all in one lump. We will bear much more fruit for Him if we don’t stubbornly plop ourselves down on the fragment of the plan we do know, refusing to budge from it. Keep an open mind to new ways to serve Him, ways you had no previous inkling of.
I have an additional theory about unfulfilled destiny:
There may be aspects of God’s plan for us — things He has clearly spoken — which will find their ultimate fulfillment during the Millennial Reign of Jesus upon the earth — or even after that. We’d like it all to happen in our present life, and much of it will. But what if part of the picture waits for completion in the age to come? In the Bible, we have very little specific information available to us about what that time will look like for the glorified sons of God.
I suspect God has purposes for us which we don’t yet know of, which will span our eternal existence with Him. His predetermined plans for us are not confined to the short time we spend in our mortal bodies. 1 John 3:2 offers a hint of this: “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
I hope I haven’t messed with you too badly by sharing these thoughts. They are just things I wonder about here and there. I do still expect to see fulfillment in this life of things the Lord spoke to me long ago, even though they seem dead right now. But no matter how it shakes down, we can completely trust the Lord to do for us what He has said.
Ultimately, our greatest destiny purpose is to be ardent, trusting lovers of God, who will follow Jesus wherever He leads. If we have that perspective, the rest will turn out just fine.
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