What a great time of year, the expectation of family and friends coming near and the spirit of giving like no other time. Happy birthday to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
On the fireplace mantle of our very dear and close friends, who have become adopted family, sits a plaque that reads, “God has no plan B!” To be honest, when I first read this years ago I was taken back, thinking “Yes, He does!” He has as many plans as needed to accomplish His desired result.” After pondering this statement, I realized that the point being made is that God’s plan “A” carries within it an adequate supply for fulfillment, therefore eliminating the need for a plan “B”.
I asked our friends to share their interpretation of the statement and I relay it here for you in part as it was well said. They replied, “The meaning of this statement to us is God’s word is final authority. His plan “A” is “The” plan. He doesn’t need a plan “B”. They continued by saying, “Our fight is to stay at rest and allow God to fight the battle where the enemy is opposing God’s plan. We must learn to trust and have faith in God and bloom where we are planted as He is the vine, and we are the branches.” Wow, so good. I believe as we wrap up this year this is what God is asking us to do and live out in this time of great confusion and chaos in the world. Praise God that we are in the world, but not a product or statistic of the world!
Trust is void of a divided mind or an anxious mind. A heart that is fully trusting in God has no options, no need for a plan “B”. The natural mind wants to justify its reasoning by explaining that it is wise to have a backup plan, to stack the bench if you will just in case your star quarterback gets injured. In the natural, this makes sense, as we are accustomed to the failure and lack of integrity of most products and the promises of other people. But when it comes to God, He plays, if you will, by another set of rules called, “The same yesterday, today, and forever.”
James 1:17 (TPT) explains it this way, “Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from heavens with no hidden shadow of darkness and is never subject to change.” Knowing this unchanging characteristic of God adds strength to our trust, creating a solid foundation to build our lives upon. This kind of trust is revealed and displayed by the degree of rest that is allowed to reign in our hearts. Rest is a huge indicator of our God-dependency no matter the battle we face. Exodus 14:13-14 (AMPC) says it so well. It reads, “Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. (God’s changing the picture) 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.
I want to help you recognize when your mind begins to say, “Plan A is not working,” and trust begins to wane so you can apply some simple steps to keep yourself in God’s perfect and accomplished plan.
One of the first signs of misplaced trust or weakening trust is when you ask, “What are my options? What if this doesn’t work out?” Divine trust is void of indecision and gives no place to the “Yeah but” or “What if” statements that try and poke their heads up in the time of opposition. Waning trust reveals itself as agitation, restlessness, worry, and complaining. When there’s a lack of satisfaction, a sense of abandonment and insecurity concerning relationships, finances, or future endeavors, then your trust needs attention and added support.
Three Easy Safeguards to Guarantee Trust in God
1. Keep your mind/thoughts on God. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” This is a decision of the will to fill your mind with what God has declared and not ponder on the lies of failure that are freely given by the enemy. One pastor said, “If you fill your mind with only mainstream media then your anxiety and care is self-inflicted.”
2. Commit your way to the Lord. Psalms 37:5 says, “Commit (Roll-off onto) your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” I absolutely love this verse. One of my all-time favorites. When we stepped out to launch Martin Ministries, I stood on the promise God gave me in the beginning by meditating on this verse. The statement, “He will bring “IT” to pass” gave rest to my soul that I did not have to launch us, but that God was able and willing to accomplish His plan for our lives.
3. Continuously acknowledge Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 5 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Confidence and security in decision-making come from making steps that are directed by God. Jeremiah 10:23 says, “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” I am fully assured that I am in the right place at the right time as my steps are not of my own doing but made from God’s plan “A” that is fully funded and failproof.