Updated: Aug 30
"The heaven, even the heavens; are the LORD'S
But the earth He has given the children of men." (Ps.115:16)
In the last edition, we defined destiny as an irresistible and inevitable lot or fortune. We were able to see also that virtually all human beings need destiny helper(s) at one time or the other. We also discussed that destiny helpers are not necessarily our blood relations. In the concluding part, using Joseph as a case study, we found out that our road to destiny fulfillment is not necessarily smooth or pleasant. Today, we are concluding this study on the Ministry Of Destiny Helpers.
Features Of Destiny Helpers
Dregs Of The Society: This is a category of people we consider to be of little or no importance. They are seen as inconsequential to the society in all its ramifications. Ironically, it was such a group of men in the Old Testament , referred to as David's mighty men. They were thirty -seven in number. These men risked their lives for David by breaking into the camp of the Philistines (probably the greatest enemies of the Israelites). This they did simply to get David some water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, (2 Sam. 23:15-16). The interesting thing about this verse is that all they needed was to hear David's longing for the drink. They never waited for his audible expression before they swung into action. This implies that destiny helpers are not only willing, they act spontaneously , given the least opportunity. Above all, they could be risk-takers.
Socially Stigmatized: These are people who are socially stigmatized or rather, people with inconsequential social status. Rahab, the harlot in Jos.2:1, fits adequately into this category. Already looked down as a nobody, the people of her days never imagined a day would come that she would be the destiny helper of the spies, nay men of God ! Nevertheless, the scripture must be fulfilled in 1Cor.1:27 that "God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise." Hardly could believers see a harlot, and in our wildest imagination, think such a person could be a life saver when the chips are down. God is faithful.
The Less Privileged : These are people who probably by reason or circumstances of their background , have totally been written off. Perhaps because they were not born with silver spoon in their mouths. Whatever came their way, they accept in good faith. However, in certain situations that the princes, nobles, and the mighty men are helpless, they provide the much needed succor. Such highly placed individuals invariably find themselves at the mercy of such people. Examples, even from the scriptures are : Servants and housemaids. It was on one of those gloomy days that the house of Kish discovered what they had under their roof was more than a servant. Behold, the servant was to later be the pathfinder to Saul finding his destiny as the first king of Israel (1Sam.9:3; 6-10). Saul was about to throw in the towel searching for the lost asses, when the servant told him inter alia : "Look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honorable man; all that he says surely comes to pass." This was more than an eye opener to Saul as this was all he needed to encounter destiny.
Namaan was a commander of the army of the king of Syria. He was great and honorable. His resume of won battles was intimidating and overwhelming. Yet, he was leprous. The only contact he needed for his recovery and which he eventually got, was through a slave girl . A slave girl that had no identity. Yet on the strength of her counsel Namaan got the much needed wholesomeness (2 Kgs.5:1-3; 14).
The examples of Saul and Namaan are a pointer to the fact that the less privileged at times, know what we don't know, have information that could be useful to us, and have access to places we have no access to. They are also a wake-up call that whenever God is set to bring us in contact with our destiny helpers , He orchestrates an event that unavoidably brings us together. For Saul, it was the lost asses, and for Namaan, it was his leprosy.
Our destiny helpers do NOT always stay with us forever. They come in a flash, carry out their mandate and leave right away. No mention was made again of Saul's servant the moment Saul and Samuel came in contact. In a similar manner, the slave girl disappeared from the scene almost immediately Namaan recovered from his ailment.
And usually, they carry out their assignments in our lives with NO strings attached or conditions stipulated.
How To Relate With Your Destiny Helper(s)
Be compassionate and considerate with your destiny helpers. Never take them for granted . David said, "Far be it from me, O LORD, that I should do this! Is this not the blood of men went in jeopardy of their lives? Therefore he would not drink it (2 Sam.23:17). David appreciated the risk these men took and rather offered it to the LORD .
Honor their sacrifices, bless their memories- living or dead. And as a destiny helper, you (yourself), seek no glory (Is.42:8).
Compensate your destiny helper (if possible) . Joshua compensated Rahab by sparing her and her family from the destruction of Jericho. (Jos.6:22-23).
David thought it wise to repay the house of Saul for the bond between him and Jonathan. He asked "Is there anyone left in the house of Saul that I might show kindness to for the sake of Jonathan?"(2 Sam.9:1). It was a compensation that located Mephibostesh, Saul's grandson, as a sole beneficiary.
If you vowed or made a pledge to your destiny helper(s) , make sure you fulfill it (Ecc.5:5).
I pray that our destiny helpers will locate us today and do the needful (unconditionally), in our lives. Amen !
I dedicate this particular piece to the memory of my late uncle, Professor Adeoye Adegbenga Akinsanya (June 5th,1944-July 14th, 2020). A brilliant professor of Political Science & Public Administration. Like other several destiny helpers I have had in my life, God used him specifically to place my feet on the sands of academia, over three decades ago. May the LORD rest his soul. Amen.
SIDEBAR: Locate your destiny helper(s) today and also aspire to be a destiny helper to someone.
Olusegun A Emosu
The Rccg Rehoboth Parish,
1879, S Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd,
Lithonia GA 30058
July 16th, 2021.