When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.
There are some people who believe in "destiny" or "fate" or "luck", a sort of vague, undefinable, unreliable something that would dictate their lot in life.
On the other end of the spectrum are those that believe that all is chaos, and that things happen as they happen, with nothing, no outside force, that could influence things, and no one that they can rely on but themselves. They are born, they do stuff, and then they die.
I used to think like the latter type of person. Before I knew any better, the only thing that mattered was /right now/. And the only one who mattered was /me/. I'm the only one who can effect change in my life. I was the only one in control. And I would never relinquish that control, or let it be taken away from me.
I was so so wrong.
Because that's not how life is meant to be lived. If we rely only on ourselves for everything, then we would get nowhere. Or we would get somewhere, have some semblance or success, enjoy a modicum of happiness. But it would all be fleeting, and temporary, and shallow, and dull.
Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, and in order to do that, we are meant to believe in God and accept Him in our hearts.
And when we do, He becomes the one in control. He becomes the driving force. Our destiny, having already been predetermined by Him in His wisdom, becomes apparent to us. Our purpose in life is revealed.
No, Christians do not suddenly become time bending, palm reading, psychic clairvoyants. Rather, we are privy to a much more important truth — that further down then line, when it matters the most, we know where we are going to end up.
And with this knowledge, we then know how to live this life. How to feel, think, and act.
I like this paradox. Instead of the apparent loss of control (because we leave it all to the goodness of God), we actually gain more of it (because He gives us cause and agency to be good ourselves).
My destiny is with God. My fate is to be with Him. I am not lucky; I am blessed.
And I am control, because He is in control of me.