Who determines destiny – man or God?


Do you believe in destiny as people say that the fated will happen? Does man do everything with his hand, as it is said, the arbiter of our fate, provided by God out of love, or does God set for each if us a specific plan, so that we only follow the path predestined before us? Can this path change at some point in life through a strong and genuine faith in Jesus and God, meaning that one finds God through the new birth and receives from Him according to his soul and heart? To be taken into account both the original sin, and also the sin of the parents of that person.


Some believe that man is an absolute master of his fate and that God has no implication in our lives.Others, by contrast, are inclined to believe that God has already predestined everything for a man and it does not matter what choices a man makes.

When getting out of Egypt, before entering the promised land of Canaan, God told the people of Israel the following :

“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)(NASB)

Here are some important truths about destiny and choice that can be clearly seen in this passage:

  • The length and quality of our life depend on the observing and fulfilling God’s commandments.
  • If people go away from God and they are deceived to become idolater, they will die.
  • Life and death, blessing and curse are set before people, and the choice belongs to them.
  • Life and length of days depend on obeying God’s commandments.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru