Who was it who decided we need a Plan B?
This is my question for today: Who came up with the idea of needing a Plan B? I hear the option often, but it’s strictly man-made. I don’t ever find a Plan B in God’s word. Moses may have been between a “rock and a hard place” when he stood at the Red Sea and the dust of Pharaoh’s chariots were over his shoulder in the distance, but He wouldn’t have suggested to God a Plan B. “Now God just in case lifting my staff doesn’t make any path through the sea, can You share with me what You might try next?”
When Moses saw the Nile turn to blood and frogs knee-deep in the streets, he certainly wouldn’t have doubted God’s sovereignty over the seas. He knew from experience that God is and was always able.
When David, a shepherd boy, ran toward Goliath to fight the giant who was dishonoring his King, he wasn’t considering a Plan B just in case God wasn’t with him in the battle. God’s nearness had been with David when the lions and bears attacked his fold. David’s God never needed a backup.
Jonah was a prophet that chose his own Plan B over God’s Plan A. When you read the Old Testament story, it’s more than obvious that God’s plans are always right even when they may seem frightening or impossible. God isn’t a Plan B God.
Jehoshaphat was a king of Judah who feared the LORD. One day he got some terrible news — a multitude of warriors was coming against his people. Scripture says that the king was afraid — he was human — but he didn’t call a conference for options in plans. He set his face to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. A fast is the opposite of a fellowship or potluck.
God saw Jehoshaphat’s seeking heart and desperate circumstances. He heard his prayer, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” While the king and his people waited before God, God sent an answer. There was no Plan B, only Plan A.
God said, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.” The story gets better. The people went into battle praising God, and God did all of the fighting. The enemies actually destroyed each other, and Jehoshaphat and his people got all the spoils of the dead.
I’m so grateful for a Plan A God that never needs a Plan B. It’s my job to seek His wisdom and will to know Plan A. That’s God’s plan, and I ask for enough wisdom to always count on it as the only plan.
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