To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
As you can see from my posts, I’ve been reading a lot of Oswald Chambers lately … try some 🙂
The dispensations of God are discernible only to the Spirit of God. If we mistake the dispensations of God to mean something we can see, we are off the track. Solomon is strong on the fact that God has made certain unalterable durations, but he does not say, as St. Augustine and Calvin did, that therefore God is tied up by HIs own laws…
There are certain dispensational things for which God is responsible, e.g. birth and death…Within the limits of birth and death I can do as I like; but I cannot make myself un-born, neither can I escape death, those two limits are there. I have nothing to do with placing the limits, but within them I can produce what my disposition chooses. Whether I have a distressful time or a joyful time depends on what I do in between the limits of the durations.
No man’s destiny is made for him, each man makes his own. Fatalism is the deification of moral cowardice which arises from a refusal to accept the responsibility for choosing either of the two destined ends for the human race-salvation or damnation.
I can choose which line I will go on, but I have no power to alter the destination of that line once I have taken it … yet I have always have the power to get off one line on to the other.