Faith Vs Fate

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading



When God created the human race, he created them in his image and likeness according to the book of Genesis in the Bible. Man was created in the likeness of his Creator, and  God has written a good plan for our lives, but God does not dictate or demand we take his way because he created us with the power to choose. The ability to choose is what sets us apart from all other creations, and that is a lot of power we have been given when you think about it. God had perfection in mind for us when he created mankind, but our first earthly father and mother - Adam and Eve, chose against God's best for them and  perfection were tainted. But then, God the Father sent his son Jesus, the second Adam, to give us a second chance at choosing God's best, but today many people are still taking the path of the first Adam which will only lead to death.

I hear the saying all the time from people who have not chosen Jesus as their Lord, "Whatever will be, will be." Have you ever heard that statement also? If we look deeper into that statement, it is bone-chilling to think that whatever happens in life was meant to be, but unfortunately, that is the modus operandi of the world. But I beg to differ that if this belief system is true, then what is the reason for prayer, quiet times with the Lord, fasting, or even going to church? If our lives were lived with this predestined path of unfortunate and tragic events with a few happy moments between, then why would Jesus even need to come to earth to save us? 

There are two beliefs system that many people live by in the world and one is fate and the other is faith. Fate is the will or principle or determining cause by which things, in general, are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do. Fate is also defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person or that which is inevitably predetermined: destiny. With this definition, it gives the idea that if someone has a beautiful end to their destiny, it will happen to them no matter what and nothing they do can change it. This sounds great, but on the flip side, if someone has a bad end to their destiny there is also nothing they can do to change it. This belief system sounds very flawed and very unfair. But it also shows that the author of our destiny seems to have biases, and this is not the God who created man in his image. 

If Jesus gave his life for us in the extent of such bitter and physical abuse even unto death to return us to the position of right standing with our Heavenly Father, then the belief system of "Whatever will be, will be" should have no space in our lives. When Jesus died and rose again from the dead, our Heavenly Father not only gave us eternal life, but He blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ – "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3 NIV). This suggests that though our destiny was derailed by Adam's wrong choice now because of the position of Jesus, He has reestablished us to our destiny which can now be changed to the perfect plan God has for us and it is no longer, "Whatever will be, will be"!

"I've seen dreams that move the mountains, hope that doesn't ever end, even when the sky is falling. I've seen miracles just happen, silent prayers get answered, broken hearts become brand new — That's what faith can do" ~ Kutless.