by JB Fagoyinbo
In the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the word destiny, a predetermined course of events, (n) or destine (v) does not appear. This, however, does not imply that there is nothing like destiny. Revised Standard Version has one mention of destiny while New International Version listed the use of destiny six times.
For man, destiny consists of creation blessing that was conceived before man was created, and conferred upon him at creation “Be fruitful… multiply… replenish and subdue the earth… have dominion over …” (Gen 1:28). The destiny of partnership came into existence when God realised his loneliness “I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen 2:18). After the fall, adverse destinies were earned (i) “in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” Gen 3:16; (ii) “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field” Gen 3:18; and (iii) “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground” Gen 3:19. God’s anger was so severe on the serpent that HE granted the seed of Eve authority, dominion and power to crush Satan “it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen 3:15); manifesting in the form of the serpent in man’s struggle to regain his authority over the earth .
Over time, the “sons of God” (Gen 6:2) polluted man’s mind more when they saw the beauty of the daughters of men. This also earned man another negative destiny “his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Gen 6:3)
However, there were some conditional favourable additions to the destiny: (i) “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Ex 20:12); and “Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever” (Deut 4:40)
These destinies are, however, modified by (i) parental upbringing; (ii) communal upbringing and impact; (iii) educational programmes; (iv) relationships with persons, matrimonial partnership, workplace partnership, residence partnership; (v) personal inclination; (vi) occupational exposure; etc.
Notice God’s promise to Abraham because of his obedience “And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age” (Gen 15:15) which consequently earned him “an hundred threescore and fifteen years” (Gen 25:7).
You have a very great impact on your destiny in the areas of success in your career, marriage, health, etc. notwithstanding whatever adverse creations your parents, community, education etc. might have impacted. Jabez was a good example of change “Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested” (1 Chron 4:10) for he was a man that had been bestowed with sorrow “… his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow” (1 Chron 4:9)
You are God’s creation for fruitfulness, multiplication, dominion, exploration, productivity and replenishment, thus, we have to explore together the mines of success that are embedded in you.