A long-time Christian friend sent out a concerned e-mail regarding the deadly geo-political situation in the Middle East, America’s complicit role in spreading moral depravity around the world, Cycles of War, looming climate change and coming drastic food shortages. He asked, “What is YOUR PLAN B?”
I am so glad he concluded, “God is in control. Follow his lead.” I need to remind myself of that fact when I become troubled by the outrageously lousy job our government is doing. They major on the minors. They make big plans and throw huge wads of financed debt at programs designed to save us from the sky that is supposedly falling, while increasingly assuming greater authority over every aspect of our personal lives. In fact, the more socialist our government becomes, the more they play the role of God.
Where the original bottom line, as it is written in the Constitution, is that every State and citizen has the freedom to rely on God and live as he sees fit, now it’s the federal government that forces us to rely on it, and to live as they see fit. After seeing how little an effect my efforts have made on the growth of big, central government, I’ve decided the best thing I can do now is trust God.
For anyone who is worried about the current state of the world, especially if they feel they must come up with a “plan B” to deal with any of the various doomsday scenarios, I offer this short Bible study that highlights where our hearts, heads and spirits should be. The whole point of turning to Scripture is that it is from the very mouth of God. If you are a professing Christian, yet question 2 Timothy 3:16, then you need to take a serious look at the genuineness of your faith.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
There is no need for a “plan B”. God’s plan is his will. Whatever that is, I want to be in it because I know it will not fail. In the big picture, which God sees, even if I don’t, I simply need to trust God.
Yes, we are to be good stewards of what God has given us. And in this evil world we are to be as wise as serpents. But steps we take regarding the physical aspect of our lives have a limited value.
1 Timothy 4:8 says, “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” The same principle is seen in other physical disciplines, such as financial preparedness and self-sufficiency. However,
Luke 12:15 “…one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Luke 12:22-23 “And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”
Luke 12:25-26 “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?”
Luke 12:29-31 (also Matthew 6:31-33) “And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”
Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Colossians 3:1-2 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Remember when Peter confronted Jesus, saying he should not suffer and die at the hands of the religious leaders? Peter was concerned for the physical well-being of Jesus, unaware of the purpose of God’s plan. Jesus reacted strongly to Peter’s concern, saying (in both Matthew and Mark), “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
It seems to me that Christians need to spiritually discern our “prime directive”, if you will. Is it self-preservation or assurance of provisions, safety, well-being? Having life-sustaining needs met is certainly important. God has clearly given us the task of working for our daily bread. And we are to do that responsibly and wisely. But our LORD, in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28) has instructed us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow him (Matthew 16:24). Part of following Jesus means sharing in his suffering (2 Corinthians 1:5). And, we are even to rejoice at our various trials (1 Peter 4:13; James 1:2).
Where do we draw the line between practical preparedness and being so worldly-minded we are no spiritual good? Many Christians are deeply motivated by the sense that the end is near, and that’s a good thing. But we should not be overly concerned about ourselves. The “prime directive” (Great Commission) is to make disciples of all nations. We are to be sharing the gospel, leading people to the Truth, to eternal life in Christ — whatever the cost. And that cost will be dear.
Revelation 13:7 tells us God will allow a beast to make war on the saints and to conquer them. Does “plan B” mean trying to avoid that? If it is God’s will for us to be killed and imprisoned (Revelation 13:10), then that is what will happen, regardless of anyone’s plan B. Remember the lesson Job learned about God’s sovereignty? Job was blameless, upright, feared God and shunned evil, yet God allowed Satan to make him suffer greatly, despite the wealth of his possessions.
If God chooses to let us suffer, hope and pray we will find comfort in glorifying Christ. No “plan B” can do better than that.