All day yesterday, for whatever reason, I kept dwelling on the fact that most of my Christian life ... since the age of 42 ... I have heard it said that God has a Plan “B”. This always referred to the fact that because of our free will, should we choose not to go God’s way ... should we mess things up doing them in our own strength (which is very weak, indeed!) ... should we fail at whatever we are attempting to do ... whatever the reason, then we were not to worry because God has a Plan “B”. Should we mess up his Plan “A” for our lives, then rest assured and maintain your calm because God has a Plan “B”.
This was always a very reassuring prospect for me personally. It was just so reassuring knowing God had my back with His Plan “B” should I not always live my life according to His Plan “A”. I do not know about you, but I rely on His Plan “B” more than I care to admit. Maybe ... just maybe ... I rely on His Plan “B” too much. Has it become a way of escape ... an excuse to go my own way periodically because I feel confident His Plan “B” will covet me?
The more I thought about this Plan “B”, the more it became a very uncomfortable feeling. It was leaving me uneasy in my Spirit. For awhile I was not sure what this was all about. Then yesterday morning, as I was driving to work, it became very clear to me that I had to share what God laid upon my heart. He was nudging me more and more to offer understanding of why a Plan “B” is not of Him. To not share would be unfair and it would allow you to continue pressing on with the assumption He has a Plan “B” in the same way I have done for so very long. It is placing an incorrect thought in your mind of who God is not ... He is not unaware. God does not need a Plan “B”. God has what He has and it is adequate. It is more than adequate!
We see in Psalm 139:16 it says, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
By all indication, God has our future all mapped out way before we are even in existence. He is already aware of our steps. He knows when we will doubt. He knows when we will use our free will in ways not to His glory. He knows when we will falter and choose wrong thoughts. He knows when we will have self-doubts. He has already made adjustments for our failures. He already has the way of escape available for us before we even know we will need it.
Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose ... ”
Does this sound like He needs a Plan “B”? I would say not!
The Bible goes on to share in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
For every road we travel which is not in His plan for our lives, He has the right road for us to take. For every situation we find ourselves in, thinking “what will we do?”, He has the way of escape. There is nothing we do in life that God has not already planned a way for us to get back on the right track. He already knew we would mess us. He already knew we would go ways not glorifying of Him. This is not newsworthy to Him. He knew all of this well in advance ... long before we ever did ... and He already had Plan “A” in effect. He does not need a Plan “B”. There is no Plan “B” because His Plan “A” is more than enough.
For us to share of a Plan “B” is to doubt our God is all knowing. Let’s see what the Bible says about God knowing everything:
Job 37:16 “Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?”
Psalm 147:5 “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”
1 Samuel 2:3 ” Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth. For the Lord is the God of knowledge; ... “
One of my favorites is Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
1 John 3:19-20 “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”
There are more verses in the Bible which substantiate the fact that our God is all knowing. He is more than aware of our shortcomings. He knows more about the sins in our lives than we do. He had our escape route planned long before we even knew we would need one. To say He has a Plan “B” is to doubt His Word. It is to say God has to wait and see which way we go before He knows which plan to use. This is contradictory to everything He is.
No more will I say God has a Plan “B” because I know now without any doubt that His Plan “A” is all I need for my life. His Word is life to my very bones. His existence is breath to my body. He is my Creator, and He already knows the purpose for which He created me. Now I just pray daily that I glorify Him and rest assured in His Plan “A”.
God bless and have a great day,
Janet Molton Nicholson