Do you ever feel trapped by an evil destiny? Does it ever seem that your future has already been decided by unknown forces and that you are locked into bad outcomes? Do you feel doomed to repeat the sins of your parents and grandparents? Do you talk as though your whole life were in the grip of fate?
You have a lot of company. Great literature abounds in stories of people “destined” for tragedy. Oedipus’ horrible future was told him far in advance. Macbeth found out from three witches that he was doomed. Romeo and Juliet were “star-crossed” lovers. Guiseppe Verdi wrote an entire opera called The Force of Destiny.
But that’s all romantic baloney. Fate doesn’t exist. The idea is based on Roman mythology—the three Fates were imaginary goddesses who determined everyone’s life trajectory. Here’s the real power behind your life: “I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:14,15).
You are not a puppet that’s operated by a divine puppeteer. You are not a marionette, dancing to strings pulled by a cruel or indifferent master. You were designed and created to be a child of the Most High, designed in God’s image, designed to think and act and to love and will in perfect accord with God’s holiness and purity. God is the guiding force in your life. And your choices do matter.
Set Free by Graceis a collection of devotions that will remind you daily of God’s great love for you, help you get your thinking rearranged toward God’s agenda, and boost your courage and strength to overcome the daily struggles and temptations that you face.
God promises those who study his Word that they will find greater clarity in understanding life, greater comfort in knowing his love, greater resilience to life’s hardships, and greater joy in service. And that’s exactly what we pray for you as you dive into this 365-day devotional.
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