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Apr 28 2015

WHAT IF PLAN B WAS PART OF GOD’S MASTER PLAN ALL ALONG?

What If Plan B was Part of God's Master Plan All Along?

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God’s grace is beautiful; His mercy is staggering, but how does sin affect His Master Plan? Paul tells us that where sin abounds, grace much more abounds. Redemption. It’s the foundation of faith, the backbone of the Bible. But when we make a mistake, a chain reaction occurs, and sometimes it’s big. Does that mean we’re stuck with Plan B?

Let’s say, for example, God’s plan for a girl is to go to Bible school after high school and become a full time missionary, but she makes a mistake and gets pregnant her senior year. The guy leaves, and her story changes to that of a working, single, teenage mom. The fact is, no matter how forgiven we are, we can’t undo what’s been done. Things don’t go back to the way they were. So we’re forgiven, and that’s amazing, but we’re left with Plan B. We have to determine what God can do with us from here, from the mistake that changed everything.

The reason I started wondering about this is because I was thinking about King David. There are so many heroes in the Bible to love, but aside from Jesus Himself, David is hands down my favorite. He’s a fantastic mix of bravado and tenderness, and his story of sin and heartfelt repentance has encouraged believers for centuries. No one could question how much God used him, but was it really God’s plan for David to be king?

If you’re not familiar with the story, the only reason Israel ever had an earthly king in the first place is because the people complained and begged for one until God gave them what they asked for. Samuel tried to convince them that God was their King, but they wanted to be like other nations, and the Lord consented…to Plan B.

I began to wonder if this means that our missteps (or those of others) actually cause God to change His will. But that couldn’t be… could it? After all, in Hebrews we’re told that Jesus doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And we know from Romans 11:29 that His gifts and calling can’t be taken back. Surely His will is unchangeable which means that if we mess up, we can be forgiven and start afresh with a clean slate, but we’re left scrambling to make the best of Plan B, whatever can be salvaged from His original plan.

Or maybe I’ve been wrong about that my whole life.

So was it God’s will for David to be king? God clearly told Samuel that He had chosen David, so David was walking in his divine purpose when he became king, regardless of the chain of events that brought him there. And what about the work of Jesus on the Cross? Was it God’s will for Him to die for our sins? We know it was never God’s plan for Adam and Eve to fall into sin or for us to ever be in need of a Redeemer. However, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed that if it was possible to settle the matter of sin another way, that’s what He wanted, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42, emphasis added). He makes it obvious that it is God’s will for Him to die on the Cross.

Based on Scripture, I can tell you that God does not change, and He will never take back the gifting He placed within you, but you are not stuck with Plan B because you got off course. These stories in the Bible also show us that His will is fluid, ever changing to affect His overall Master Plan. When you mess up–no matter how badly–He isn’t stuck with the next best thing, and neither are you. Jesus couldn’t have been any more perfectly in the center of God’s will, despite the fact His will had to be revised. So when we do something wrong that can’t possibly be undone, God doesn’t give us a weaker version of what we otherwise might have accomplished. He creates a brand new Plan A.

Let me say that again.  He creates a brand new Plan A.

He will still be the same for you, and He will still use the gifts He gave you; He’ll just weave the plot twist into the story He’s writing. You’re still the main character; you’ve not been demoted to supporting cast. You see, God doesn’t do second best. He makes all things new, including His own will if necessary, in order to give you fullness of purpose and to bring about His original intent.  Besides, with all of His foreknowledge, who’s to say Plan B wasn’t part of His Master Plan all along?

What If Plan B Was Part of God's Master Plan All Along?

I don’t care what you’ve done or whether you feel like you’re operating on Plan B (or if you’ve run through the entire alphabet), when you’ve asked the Lord to forgive your sins, God looks down and sees you, the Blood of Jesus, and a brand new Plan A.

From the heart of Dixie Mama… always say grace.

Do you know anyone who might need to hear this? Share it to encourage others. And if you enjoyed this, you might also like to read a couple of my earlier posts, It Could Never Be The Same After What I Did and Broken Crayons Still Color.

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