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Photo by SwapnIl Dwivedi on Unsplash

Photo by SwapnIl Dwivedi on Unsplash

There is no person on this planet, no authority, no government, no circumstance bearing its weight upon you that can keep God from bringing your life calling to its destiny.

God’s plan for you will be accomplished.

The enemy might try to hijack it, but God wins. All.the.time.

One of my favorite statements made by Jesus in the Passion story is the one he made during a conversation with Pilate under the intense duress of interrogation:

“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have the power to either free you or to crucify you?”

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” John 19:10,11

The hand that shapes your destiny is under the authority of Jesus Christ. It is only shaping, not commanding.

People think they are in control. And it may feel like the world is tearing your dreams apart. Yet, when we can recognize that, even in the face of death, God’s will prevails then we don’t have to struggle and fight, defend and power up. We can rest in God’s faithfulness. Your day is coming.

The shaping is sometimes painful and lonely.

Think about Joseph. A dream that had to go deep into the pit before it could shine brightly in the sunshine, was so often being shaped by careless and hurtful hands. In the midst of all the pain a destiny was unfolding.

God controls the hands that seemingly have control over you.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Your destiny might be incomplete without the harsh shaping.

Joseph’s dreams were only a snapshot of the greater destiny God had for him. He saw greatness. But the greatness that God was going to reveal to Joseph was more than a high place of honor and leadership. It was greatness that began through suffering, betrayal, hopelessness and pain. The shaping of his destiny was at the hands of his jealous brothers, the Ishmaelites, Potiphar’s wife, a prison warden, a cup bearer and a baker, and the Egyptian Pharaoh. Joseph saw very little reprieve in the shaping process. And yet, in the end he recognized God’s hand in every heavy and hard moment. His greatness was to make God great. His destiny was one that would glorify God.

Your shaping may wound. Your dreams are only a partial view of the fullness of God’s destiny for you. If you can remember that God is the ultimate authority over the shaping of your life, then you can take the wounds with grace, peace, love and forgiveness.

In the meantime, pray for the hand that shapes your destiny.

Do not expect to feel like doing so, but do so anyway. And don’t pray for justice, as I so often am tempted to do. Pray that God would be revealed to that person in authority, that government leader, that circumstance beyond your control. And pray that as your story unfolds God’s glory will shine bright.

Remember, God is the one who commands your destiny.

Trust his authority over the shaping.

And rest in his faithfulness.

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One Response to “the hand that shapes your destiny”

  1. Judy Hayburn says:

    Powerful Amy.

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