The world tells us if we don’t have a plan B, then we don’t have a plan. Ever heard that? Apart from the world, there are times when we share God’s vision for our lives with other believers and the first question they ask is, “What’s your backup plan?” Today, people enter marriage with divorce as plan B. People live beyond their means with pay day lenders as plan B. Some even purchase property or buy cars they can’t afford with foreclosure or repossession, respectively, as their plan B.
It’s hard to believe, but before we judge, let’s dig a little deeper.
Do you remember the story of Abram and Sarai? They wanted a child so that a servant would not be their heir, but Abram was old and Sarai was barren. Abram shared his heart with God and God made him a promise, “a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir”. But as days turned to weeks and weeks turned to months and months turned to year after year after year, Sarai still had not conceived. So Sarai came up with…plan B. Well, we know how the story ended. Abram conceived with Sarai’s maidservant, Hagar. Sarai then despised Hagar and wanted Hagar banished from her presence. Hagar and her son, Ishmael, fled for fear of being mistreated.
Now you have to wonder…Why did Abram and Sarai doubt God when He had already proven Himself to them? Abram had become very wealthy in livestock, silver, and gold. God had shown him favor even after he lied and told Pharaoh Sarai was his sister. God also gave him victory over the kings who had captured his nephew Lot. God was blessing Abram and Sarai abundantly. He was fulfilling every promise He had made. This one promise may have taken a bit longer than expected, but God had a proven track record!
Then I began to think…”Why do we? Why do we create plan B’s in our own lives? Why do we second guess God? Why do delays change our disposition and cause us to ‘lean to our own understanding’?”
I know I’m not alone….
When God gives us a glimpse of our future, why do we begin creating our own path of least resistance, when His way involves road blocks and detours? When our vision of marriage, three kids, and the white picket fence seems delayed, why does our ex who was unfaithful, non-supportive, and degrading become an option?
At some point in our lives, fulfilling God’s will God’s way must become our only plan. As I researched to see what others thought about this matter, I saw a lot of interesting perspectives. But for each worldly view, I found truth in God’s Word.
The world says you need a plan B because you’re not perfect.
Psalm 18:30 says, “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”
The world says you should be one step ahead of your competition.
Psalm 37:23 says, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.”
The world suggests you’ll be more confident if you know that an alternative exists.
Philippians 1:6 promises, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
The world tells us that with a plan B you can avoid huge losses.
Jeremiah 29:11 promises, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
The world says your luck won’t always favor you.
2 Corinthians 9:8 reminds us, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
Actor, producer, songwriter, and rapper Will Smith said this, “There is no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A.” So remove “Hagar” from your mind. It is not an option. Stay focused and proceed accordingly.
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And as always, don’t forget to share this message with others who are on the verge of selecting plan B.