Try Plan B
The year of our Lord, 2019. So, what are your plans? What are you setting out to do, and more importantly, be this year? What is your plan if your plan (we’ll call it Plan A) doesn’t work out? Most see the New Year as an opportunity to change attitudes and actions by quitting on some attitudes and behaviors that they want to leave in the rear view mirror of 2018 and taking on some new ways of thinking, doing and being in 2019. As we change the calendar we’d like to turn the page on some things in our life. But, as the old saying goes, “even the best laid plans….” Well, you know the rest. Even Adam and Eve’s Plan A (“Let’s ignore God, find out for ourselves and do our own thing”) didn’t work out so well – for all of us! Plans put into action have consequences. For that matter, even plans not put into action have consequences as does no plan at all.
Even before anything was created an omniscient God foreknew His beloved humanity would choose to rebel against Him so He had a redemption plan established. It was God’s A-1 Plan all along and that’s no sauce. From our perspective it may seem like an alternative Plan B but only because it wasn’t humanities first choice to stay in close communion with our Creator. We learned, at least the Redeemed learned the hard way that God’s plans are the best. So, whether you are working on developing Plan A or needing to go to Plan B and beyond, consider the following counsel from Scripture:
“We can choose the sounds we want to listen to. We can choose the taste we want in food. We should choose to follow what is right. But first of all we must define what is good.” (Kenneth Taylor’s paraphrase of Job 34:3-4, The Living Bible)
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Ps. 33:11 (ESV)
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
What you can count on in 2019 is that God will be there and there is nothing in all of 2019 that will separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. That means an all knowing, all powerful and all loving God is in control. So go for it in 2019. If plan A doesn’t work out go to plan B, keeping in mind that the best plans are those that God directs. Don’t let age or circumstance be any reason to settle for less than the best. Spiritually, relationally, personally, aim for God’s best, and what you can count on is that it will be no less than your best year. You can count on it.
The road goes out before us and our destination awaits. Which way are you headed as
you embark into the year of our Lord 2019? If you find yourself needing to change course at any time this year then fix a point out ahead of you that incorporates the best plan to get where you need to be. "This life," wrote Jonathan Edwards, "ought to be spent by us only as a journey toward heaven." In the imagery of the book of Hebrews, a race is set before us and we must run for all we're worth:
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message)