Who is really the master of our destiny?

Children are constantly being told by famous people visiting their schools, that “You can be whatever you want to be.” All you have to to do, kids, is “follow your dream,” or “follow your heart,” and the world is your oyster; you are masters of your destiny.

Children are being bombarded with this same message in an endless stream of Disney movies too, especially tailored to girls. If you never give up on your dream, girls, gushes the movie, one day you’ll be a princess too. Follow your dreams, children, and they will come true.

IS it true, though, that every child who puts his mind to his dreams will make them happen? No; it’s a lie – the same lie, unfortunately, that the serpent told to Adam and Eve. The serpent preached the same “secret” too, that Adam and Eve had the power within themselves to be whatever they wanted to be. And to human ears it had huge appeal, having this secret “wisdom” that would make them masters of their destiny.

It was a total lie, of course, because Adam and Eve had a horrible life of tragedy and hardship, and little control over it too, and the world they lived in was torn apart by power-hungry dictators. It got so bad that even God was in despair, enough to want to destroy humans all together. And here we are today, still being offered the same fruit, still hearing the same lie, still believing it, and still having to watch the dreams of millions of boys and girls being destroyed by tragedy and hardship. It is simply not true, therefore – proven by the simple facts of real life in this world – that all children can fulfill their dreams if they just follow their hearts. Some might succeed, but most won’t.

It is a fool who believes he has the power within himself to be a master of his destiny. And yet TV is full of talk shows, and bookstores are filled with books and magazines, all preaching the lie at full throttle that success, self-improvement and fulfilled lives – all the things we dream of – are totally possible by our own human effort, because, we are told, “it’s within us to make our dreams happen.”

Paul had to watch Christians believing the same lie too, that they had the ability within them to even become spiritually what they wanted to be. It stirred Paul to ask them a question in Galatians 3:5: “Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law?” Who is really the master of our destiny, in other words, ourselves, or God?


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