From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
—Acts 17:26 (NIV)
Destiny is living according to God’s plan for your life. You become a person of destiny when you realize that God has a plan for your life and a geographical place of destiny for you and your family. God has a destiny for families; His commitment to our lives is not just for us, but it is multigenerational. God’s plan for my family will outlive me; He’s doing things now, setting up my children and my grandchildren for His destiny.
Churches also have specific destinies. Genesis chapter 11 tells us that Terah, the father of Abraham, was a man who went halfway. God told him to go all the way to Canaan, but he reached a city called Haran and just settled there. He became relaxed and comfortable, and he made up his mind that it wasn’t worth the fight anymore. I’m halfway to my destiny, he thought, but I don’t want to go any further than this lush valley. It was just too comfortable.
I imagine Terah started thinking, All the bills are paid, and I don’t have to pray a lot. I don’t have to be under stress. I don’t have to use my faith to get what I need. I’m in a comfortable place, and it would be best if my family just stayed and lived here.
That’s where many people are today: they’ve settled for less. Many of you have gone far and know there’s more out there, but something in you is withdrawing and saying, “Well, you’d better not go too far. You’d better just relax. You know you don’t need to trust God for more.”
But the Lord is saying, “I have new plans for you. I have new opportunities for you. I have new people and new places and new plans that I want to release into this season of your life.” If we’re not careful, we’ll become like Terah. The Bible says that he “came to Haran and dwelt there….and Terah died in Haran.” (Genesis 11:31–32). Our lives should be about more than simply living and dying; God has a marvelous plan in store for us if we will only listen and learn to discern His will.
Father in heaven, lead me to my destiny; lead me into Your plan for my life. I am open to Your leading. Give me the strength to reject complacency and avoid becoming settled in the wrong place. In Your name I pray, amen.