My husband and I had a conversation a week ago with a couple that the Lord has brought into our lives for this season, and it is the inspiration for this article. Sometimes in our hectic world we get overcome with the cares of life and our ears are not as open as they ought to be to hearing from the Father. I say that to say that this revelation is a week from that which inspired it which tells me that I am a week late in having ears to hear it. At any rate, I know this sounds like a digression but it isn’t. The topic had to do with whether or not we can miss out on something that God has destined for us, and in many people’s minds the answer to that question is, no, we can’t, if it’s meant to be it will be. However, I would like to share some scriptural support to challenge that answer. Because the answer is two fold, it is both yes and no.
Let’s look at the children of Israel and God’s promise to them to inherit the land that He had promised to Abraham. On several occasions this promise was going to be lost to the majority of Israel, the only exception being Moses standing in the gap for them. In fact we do see that after the spies came back with the bad report that ten out of twelve, plus all of those over twenty forfeited their inheritance. In God’s graciousness he allowed their children to inherit land that was destined for them to enter into. This is a very clear case of altered destiny. (Num. 13-14)
Now let’s look at Exodus 19, where God gives the children of Israel a promise that was predicated upon their acceptance of his terms.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exo 19:5-6) Emphasis mine
We see that what was intended for all was only completely given at that time to one tribe, Levi, and why was that? Destiny was altered at the idolatry that took place at the foot of the mount when Moses was going up to get the Ten Commandments from God that the people rejected receiving from the mouth of God for themselves. (Exo. 20:19; Exo. 32:4-8) As we read on we find out that as Moses is getting the Ten Commandments from the Almighty that they rejected hearing from Him direct that the children of Israel decided to make them a molten calf. After this incident Moses draws a line in the sand and asked the children of Israel a question. This decision made based on this question would result in one tribe being honored above the other eleven. (Exo. 32:26) So the priesthood that was spoken of in Exodus 19 would be given to one tribe (Levi) rather than the whole nation as a result of their unwillingness to keep His commandments.
What we see occurring is altered destiny, it doesn’t mean that God won’t still have what He desired, it just means that we as individuals may forfeit our opportunity to be a part of His plan. Consider it, do you really think that God wouldn’t have come on the earth if Mary would have had another answer other than “be it unto me according to thy word”? (Luke 1:35-38) Do you think the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world wouldn’t have come if she would have said no, I think I will pass. Of course not. I say that to say God doesn’t have to use us, it is an honor that He chooses too. We are given the option to go with God or deny him, he doesn’t make us follow him. Otherwise, there would be no need to share the gospel, Yahushah’s death and resurrection makes it possible for the whole world to be saved, however, making Him Lord is of our choosing. His desire is that NONE shall perish, but all come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) The none perishing is predicated on the us repenting, which means we have a part to play in His plan and it is up to our choosing it in order for it to work in our lives, but make no mistake God’s plan will go on with or without us. As the scriptures have said, if the rocks have to cry out, (Luke 19:40) His will, will be done.
From Genesis 1:26 it is clear that God’s destiny for mankind was that we be in His image and likeness, yet we see that Adam and Eve made a different choice, which opened their eyes and removed the One Spirit that unified them with God to align themselves with the unholy one, Lucifer. Each and every one of us have a tree before us, and that tree offers the same destiny that was originally set in the beginning, to eat of the tree of Life (receiving Yahushah as Lord and becoming a part of His body) or to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (denying him and making our own god which is Lucifer).
This applies in the natural as well, God can have someone who he has chosen for you to marry as His best for you and you can choose to reject that gift. You can choose to neglect that gift with your words, your will, or your choices. Choosing to be unfaithful is one way, choosing to deny them is another, or choosing to outright reject them as a gift sent from the Father is yet another way to make void or nullify God’s plan for you. Therefore, you can miss the plan of God for your life. Hosea stands as an example that God’s choice for you could be one who is an harlot or plays the harlot, and it yet be the will of the Almighty.
Just like the children of Israel who left Egypt expecting to see the promise land in their mortal bodies would not because of their choices, having only their offspring inherit it, we too can miss destiny in our lifetime, and only by the grace and election of God He allows our seed to go where our choices prevented us from going. Which tells us altered destiny for us doesn’t change the will of God being fulfilled, it just means someone else would inherit what God intended for you. It could also mean that years could pass before another gift is sent as it was with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God wanted to make the nation a kingdom of priests, but they rejected to hear God speak then, which put his plan off until we get to the book of Acts which takes places hundred’s of years later, yet, God did get what He wanted only they missed out on it.
God has more time than we have so what we miss the first time around may not come around again in our lifetime, or it may not come around again until our life is well spent, the deciding factor will always be our choice. In other words the answer to the above challenge mentioned is yes we can miss destiny, yet know this God’s plan doesn’t change but it may exclude you from being apart of his cast.