Lord, I know that no one is the master of his own destiny; no person has control over his own life.” (Jeremiah 10:23, GNB)

Bitter words these…to human pride and the desire for control of self.  We would like to think that we are the Master of our Fate, the Captain of our Soul, the Director of our Life.  We are not. This position, as Jeremiah points out here, belongs to God and God alone.

Invictus by William Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.[1]