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Is your destiny under trial?

Our Christian journey reflects the message of the Gospel, and that is not void of trials.

We are all created with a God-given purpose and destiny. Paul says, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Eph 2:10). Yet many believers go through life without a clear sense of what they are destined to do. Trials and obstacles seem to derail us from our destiny.

The problem in understating destiny from a biblical perspective is that we define destiny by the dreams, goals, and aspirations that we attain in our futile life on earth. If life were just about living it out on earth, then that would be sufficient of a definition. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘Destiny’ as “a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency.” Our eternal predetermined course of events is that we were created in Christ Jesus for good works to glorify God. And it is the irresistible power through Christ that is holding us and leading us (“in Him, all things hold together” – Colossians 1:17).

Now Paul reminds in 1 Thessalonians 3:3, that in our faith journey to produce good works, we are “destined for trials.” It is imperative that our eternal destiny that is created in Christ Jesus for good works is destined for trials. So, when we get unsettled, disturbed, or waver amid trials, we are essentially putting our destiny in jeopardy. Our destiny flows out of a relationship with God. We will never discover our destiny without embracing a revelation of Christ and what He has done for us. The various gifts, passions, skills, talents, and much more that guide us in walking out our calling or destiny are only effective and eternally worthwhile when rooted in Christ and driven by the Holy Spirit’s leading.

The devil will do its best to derail us from our God-given destiny through trials and obstacles. But the truth is that these hurdles are part of our destiny.

As Paul again says, We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

2 Cor 4:8-10

Our Christian journey reflects the message of the Gospel, and that is not void of trials. The very death of Jesus was the only path to our redemptive journey for good works. His trial produced life in us. Hence, the trials in the pursuit of our God-given destiny shape us more to be like what God has created us to be. Shake off from what you think is a hurdle, and look at it as a God-given moment to display the grace, love, hope, and peace of Christ that is in you. Let not your destiny be under trial, but let your trial propel you to your destiny!


Houston, USA

Sam Varughese is an ordained minister and currently serves as the Associate Pastor at IPC Hebron Houston. He holds his M.Div degree from Criswell College in Dallas, TX and has served in various pastoral and ministerial positions. He has also served as a Clinical Chaplain at Baylor Scott & White Health, and at Children’s Health in Dallas, TX. Along with his wife, Christina, they are blessed with three princesses.



Dr. Binu Daniel is a management consultant, teacher, author, and educationist. He has penned many books, and has worked as an editor in academic publications. He was the chief editor of the Golden Jubilee publications of Christ Ambassadors of AG in Kerala. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala; and qualified JRF-UGC in India. He has written numerous articles in well-established English dailies on Economics and Management issues. He lives in Germany with his wife Reena and two daughters, Sharon and Naomi.

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