When selecting a certain field of study in school, a particular path of employment, researching a new savings or investment opportunity, or even a spouse to marry, we have all heard about the value and importance of having a ‘Plan B.’
Many of us have been taught that it is through an abundance of options that a sense of security and self-assurance in this life can be obtained. In an effort to minimize our fear of doubt or lack, we surround ourselves with alternatives, just in case the path we have chosen results in an unfavorable outcome.
And while having a Plan B to fall back on may seem like a wise decision, when it comes to matters of faith, it can be a very unhealthy habit to maintain.
It is important for you and I as believers to understand that when we have no other alternatives, God then provides better choices. There is perhaps no greater example of this than when God tested the faith of Abraham in Genesis 22:1-5, by instructing him to sacrifice his only son Isaac.
Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
If there were ever a time someone had the right to ask God for a Plan B, it was Abraham. However, Abraham’s response was one few would have expected.
On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.
It is amazing that Abraham did not say that he alone would return from the mountain, but in fact that he and Isaac would return together. Not once did God tell Abraham that his son Isaac would survive as a sacrifice. Neither did God let Abraham know that there was a Plan B that he could rely on, which later turned out to be a ram caught in a thorny bush that would take Isaac’s place.
Despite how ridiculous God’s Plan A may have sounded, Abraham chose to raise up his eyes and see the place God was leading him to from a greater distance of faith.
When you and I can see our lives from God’s perspective, we will discover that a ‘ram in the bush’ is not the result of having a successful Plan B, but rather following God’s Plan A with radical obedience.