Monday, September 11, 2017

The Back-Up Plan

By Andrea Merrell

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

If I don’t get well soon, I’ll go to the doctor.

If the money doesn’t come in, I can borrow from the bank.

If my friend lets me down, I can call on another one.

All these ifs make me realize that even when I’m praying and believing God for something, there’s generally a back-up plan. It’s like saying, “God, I trust you. But if You don’t come through—when and how I think You should—there’s another alternative.

The Scriptures tell us we’re not to depend on our own understanding or ability. Rather, we are to acknowledge Him in everything that concerns us, trusting Him to do what He’s promised to do.

Looking back over my life, I remember times when there was no alternative—no back-up plan. It was just me and God. If He failed me, I was going down.

But I didn’t.

In those times of sheer dependence on God, I experienced His love, peace, strength, deliverance, and faithfulness. I learned that His methods, motives, and timing are far different from my own. He always has the bigger picture in mind.

If you’re going through a rough time, don’t let go of God’s hand. Believe Him, trust Him, and praise Him while you’re waiting on the answer.

(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Stuart Miles.)

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