The Inherent Problem With Back Up Plans

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [His] purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

I see it all the time on Facebook. First, there is a post about God, and then shortly after, a post about Karma.  Tonight, as I was scrolling through a friend of mine’s posts, I saw that she had shared a picture stating that God wants to bless us financially. It was one of those — if you “like and share” — you will be claiming a financial blessing for your life.  Two posts later showed some guy who won the lottery that is willing to share his winnings with everyone who “likes and shares” his photo.  What are we doing?

Are we seriously doubting that the same God who commands the universe is not capable of doing what He said He would do. So much so, that we are always looking for a Plan B, or running to our human backup plan?  It isn’t just on Facebook either.  It seems to be everywhere.

My question is this. Where has our faith gone?  Jesus told us that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. So, why then are we not moving mountains???  I know why. Because we are too willing to create backup plans.  We got plan B all figured out in case Jesus doesn’t step up and do His part.  We speak in such a way that gives God us an “out” just in case the One we are supposed to worship with all our heart, soul, mind and strength doesn’t work.

We claim healing by starting with the word “If…”  We claim our financial blessing by clicking a button on the internet.  We stand up for our faith by sharing a “If you are not ashamed of Jesus…” picture on our Facebook account so all our friends can clearly see how much we are not ashamed of the good news gospel. Is this what our world is coming too?

I am so thankful that God’s grace is sufficient because we as a culture are FAILING!  The missionaries in Africa are seeing healing.  The orphans who literally have no food are not hungry. Lives are being touched, limbs restored, hearts healed … and what are we doing?  We who believe in the Most High King — our Lord God who willingly became our Saviour are sharing pictures on Facebook.  Sending out to all our friends unimportant messages about taking a stand against animal abuse while unborn babies are murdered in the womb because we didn’t bother to educate and support women in this situation. What is wrong with us?

We have got it so terribly wrong.  I say we because I know that I have failed.  I have seen how many times I took the road more travelled.  I know how small my faith is.  I know that without Him I am nothing.  Nothing. And neither are you.  So I say we because we have to get our faith in line with the Word.  In Acts 2:42-48 we see the believers aligned with the doctrine as taught by Jesus’ apostles.  We see the signs and wonders that have been performed BY THE CHURCH in Jesus’ holy name.  We see the world changed through ordinary people like you and I — the members of the body of Christ.

Me? I want to be part of that body but I also want to function within the body of Christ.  I am praying for guidance and waiting for the Lord to take me in His direction.  I know something big is coming for my life because I can feel it.  No, I can see it. The Lord is giving me a vision that is unfolding in my heart the more that I choose to seek Him. I know that He is changing my words and He is working in my heart.  I don’t know the rest of the story. In this regard, I am still a work in progress. But I do know this. Jesus never fails! And I know this not because of facebook but because He proves it to me every day of my life.

In case you don’t the best place to begin seeking Jesus, I would suggest Genesis 1:1 — in the beginning, God — and John 1:1-18 — in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God — and the Word became flesh.  Therein those pages, you too will have an opportunity to meet the one and only who never fails.

“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalms 55:22)

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