Making plans is usually necessary in order to accomplish anything in this life. An often quoted line is, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” In many instances that is true. God expects us to take responsibility and steward our time and resources properly. But in everything there is a balance, and we must be vigilant to protect ourselves from the sin that lies at both extremes.
When we involve ourselves in a plan, we can foolishly begin to think that our plan has some sort of stability to it. As if a plan, once made, can be relied on. We make plans, and sometimes make a plan B, just in case the first one doesn’t work out. Either way, the danger lies in thinking that we have our future “figured out.”
As was mentioned before, planning is part of responsible living. But we must take care, for when we have a plan, it is easy for us to put our faith in it. We find security in our plan. We find security in our plan B. We find security in knowing that we have a “safety net.” Such faith and trust in planning is not only vain, it is complete idolatry.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Our faith and trust and confidence belong in the Lord only. Not in our plans. And not in our understanding. Notice that the Scripture forbids us to lean on our understanding. It does not instruct us to abandon it. It simply tells us to place our trust elsewhere. Don’t lean on logic, lean on God.
The next verse makes the command even more clear.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
So in all technicality, it seems that a Christian’s life requires no plan B. Not that every one of our “plans” will be enacted exactly as we imagined it or that we should never have a backup plan, but that our overall plan is to trust God, consider Him, and follow His direction.
My fellow Christian, no matter if your specific plans go smoothly, or completely change, put your trust in God, and leave it there. Acknowledge Him in the storms of life, listen for His still voice, and follow His direction. You may be astonished at how well situations work out for the best, when you do.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” – Psalm 118:8