Hopefully Joel Osteen’s secret service won’t bust me for borrowing that title from one of his sermons a few years ago. Actually motivational speeches is more like it; but isn’t that what a true sermon is supposed to be?
Since God directs our steps that technically means we don’t master our own destiny. However, we are accountable for the choices we make because to a point they affect how God leads us. Choosing your own selfish will (sin) affects your destiny. Of course, God knows everything you’re going to do before you do it so He is still directing your steps; you just won’t be aware of it unless your eyes are open to His working in your life.
So do you choose where you are at on any given day? Yes. Did God lead you there? Yes. Could you have went somewhere else? Yes. Would God have led you there? Yes.
Is anybody else confused by predestination? It’s the topic that’s divided the church between Calvinism and Arminianism (not sure if I spelled that one right). The point is, God can use you anywhere; although wherever you go you will still have the same mission: To go fishing.
I heard a pastor once tell about the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. Even if his brothers hadn’t sold him into slavery, he still would have had the same mission that God called him to.
Or in my case, since I live in men’s dorm that serves as a homeless shelter (I don’t consider myself homeless as long as I’m paying rent of $100 something a month), I have the same ministry as I did at the Bunkhouse Men’s Dorm (not a homeless shelter and would have more freedom if I went there but saving money-don’t know if that’s a lack of faith or not); even though one serves as a shelter and the other one is a dormitory for men, there are still men at both settings that have hit bottom and have come to a place that’s cheap till they get back on their feet. Therefore, I would have the same ministry for two reasons:
1. Most of the guys are alcoholics, drug addicts, and mentally ill meaning they are in desperate need of the Spirit of God to be allowed into their lives.
2. When you’re at the bottom in life, there is only room to go up. It’s the best time to find God because you are usually at your most humble position and receptive to the call of God.
God always directs your steps towards Him, but when you don’t respond to His gentle voice you get deeper into sin and you can no longer hear His voice as your heart hardens. Those that really want God will respond.
As the Word of God warns, if you hear His voice today don’t harden your hearts like they did in the wilderness; you never know when, or if, you will get the opportunity to receive God’s gift of salvation. You don’t know what you’re missing if you’re in this boat. That goes for many “christians” that sit in church pews thinking they are right because they “believe” the right doctrine but have never trusted God with their life. The latter is the most dangerous place to be.
Blessings & Peace,
E Wooten Jr