The Christian world view is vitally optimistic. Our Sovereign God has purposes that prevail and glory that will be manifest in all Creation. He has granted the human experience a capacity that was not meant to be ruled by fatalism.
1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying,2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth.4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. Jonah 3:1-4
Our active participation in life with Him means we become authors in His story. The story of Jonah is not just about a city that repents (Jonah 3) but it is also of a man who has trouble with the character and will of God.
Culture, nationalism, prejudice, and love of self, conspire to create resistance. When violence and oppression is normalized we yield to fatalism. The “good” act like “those evil people” will never change. The “evil” act like they have run out of choices. Until God interrupts our lie, we will not know the end of fate.
God gave grace to the king of Nineveh. The king recognized a God who was rightly angry. We would say there is a God who cares that all is not right in the world. The king said, “Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
Fate would require no opportunity. But we have a God who creates opportunity. For three days His prophet traversed that great city with a warning. The city repented This is the end of fate. People can change. They can be changed through an experience of the grace of God.
Ultimately we have Jesus who traversed heaven and earth to conquer the greatest liar and prince of death, Satan. Jesus is the end of fate. He invites us into His Kingdom of life.
Thank you Lord for the grace to hear and know you.