Saturday, June 5, 2010

Choice vs. Destiny Part 3: Son of a Preacher Man

The sons of Amram:
Aaron and Moses.
Aaron was set apart, he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the LORD, to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in his name forever. 14 The sons of Moses the man of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi.

Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59

Umm…. So I have a question here.

What if Aaron’s great great grandson didn’t want to do this? What if he wanted to be soldier? Fly kites? Mack the ladies? Be a carpenter?

It’s things like this in the Bible that I have a hard time with. It’s so interesting how clearly and concisely the future of an entire family line is spoken of. Aaron was set apart so all of his sons were too?

That seems ridiculous to me.

But if I were to suspend my judgment for a minute here… what if it is true?


What do you mean what if it is true Clarence? You know that’s just some oldfangled tomfoolery don’t you?

Well, let’s assume that it’s not for a second. What would that mean? If God determined that everyone in Aaron’s line would have this specific task what would He do to make that happen?

He’d have to give them the desire to do it.

Have you gotten to the point of figuring out what you are supposed to do with your life? How did it feel? How does it feel actually doing it? It must feel so incredibly amazing. You wake up every single day with a smile on your face, knowing that your work and your pleasure are the same thing.

That’s pretty amazing.

Maybe God puts these desires on our hearts to help guide us to our purpose. So, discovering what we most love to do would at the same time be discovering the specific reason why God put us on this earth.

I know that’s pretty romantic and all but I’m starting to believe it. We are all uniquely equipped with certain desires, talents and abilities and I see a purpose in that.

In the end we do have a choice of course. We can choose to follow the path that our deepest desires have laid out for us, or we could not. After all there is no guarantee that this most fulfilling path is the easiest one.

But the easiest paths tend not to lead us to lasting joy… instead they lead to fleeting moments of happiness sprinkled in to an unfulfilled life.

So maybe Aaron’s great great grand son thought he would have rather flown kites or been a carpenter… or maybe that was him taking the easy way out.

Perhaps if he had dug deep and searched his soul he would have realized that true fulfillment for his life would be found in working in the temple.

That sounds good for now.

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