Why Your Destiny Isn’t Linear … and That’s a Good Thing! – A Word by Doug Addison
Do you feel like you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, but aren’t sure how it fits in with God’s plan for your life?
There seems to be this idea in our society that reaching our goals and going after our life purpose should make sense all the way through to completion.
But the road to your destiny is not a linear one. In fact, there will be many points in your journey where you’re not sure if you even heard God for your life at all.
King David before he was king
King David was not always king. He was once a young shepherd, tending his father’s flock (1 Samuel 16).
When the day came that the Prophet Samuel anointed him as the future king of all Israel, David did something incredibly interesting. He did not go and challenge the current King Saul.
No, he went straight back to tending his father’s flock before he was called upon by King Saul to be his personal musician (1 Samuel 16:18-20).
Can you imagine yourself as a young David for the moment? You’ve been told that your destiny is to be king of all Israel, yet here you are playing the lyre for the guy who has the job you’re supposed to have!
That would seem confusing to me if I didn’t already know how this story turns out.
Be excellent in all you do
Before he became king, David had many other jobs and did them all with excellence. He was a great Psalmist, a warrior, a shepherd, a prophet, a worshiper, a dancer … even a fugitive!
Remember, it was because of these roles and side-journeys that he even became king. Because he didn’t just walk into Israel and declare himself king, David became a man who God was pleased with.
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22 NIV
Sometimes your journey will not make sense
We seem to have bought into the myth that our lives are supposed to be linear.
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For example, a child is told that if they make good grades, they’ll get into a great college, then after that they can have a good career, raise a family, etc.
But our destiny-journeys often look more like playing soccer than running a marathon, just like David’s life.
Running a marathon is pretty straight forward, the starting point is at one end and the finish line at the other. This is what it would have looked like if David had walked into Israel and formally declared himself king right after the Prophet Samuel anointed him.
But in soccer, the ball is kicked to other teammates, there is strategy to be learned and mastered, other people affect the game, and sometimes a player has to run backwards in order to push the game forward.
God knows the end from the beginning
It’s important to understand that God knows your end from the beginning. We can trust Him with our lives because He has the blueprint in front of Him.
So, if you know God has called you to do great things, but you feel like a young David right now, don’t be afraid. Enjoy the journey.
I’m so thankful David wasn’t “just a king.” It’s because his journey to kingship was not linear that we have the Psalms. Where would we be without them?
Watch for God to reveal your next steps!
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