Why There is No Plan “B” with God
When the world acknowledges deity, it says, “God has a plan,” and, we agree, there is a simple truth. In the eternal good pleasure of God, His will resides for eternity. When God’s will reaches us, it is by His eternal decree (His plan). In this plan, all things that are in existence find their source. All things are from God, and by His providential care, He sustains life for us on this planet (Heb 1:3).
As the builder and architect of everything (Heb 11:10), God ordains all things that come to pass (Lam 3:37; Jn 13:19). All things resonate with the wisdom of God, even the wicked for the day of evil (Prv 16:4). All things are accomplished by His omnipotent power (Ps 57:2; 138:8). The Almighty does all His holy will (Eph 1:11). He is, and there is no other. No one, and nothing, can resist Him. He is Lord over all (Acts 10:36).
Man enjoys denying the existence of his Creator and Judge, either in theory or practice (Ps 14:1; 53:1). Man fools himself with untenable theories he forwards as fact. Man is greatly deceived, despite his pompous pride, in learning knowledge that God has allowed him to discover.
God, in His free will and grace, has revealed Himself, personally, to some chosen to know Him (Eph 1:9; 3:10). When one knows by the revelation of nature, he muses, “If there is a God, He must have a plan.” It is that group that receives special revelation, in the Bible, that discern a bit more.
With the increase of grace and knowledge of God in Christ (2 Pet 3:18), comes the truth that it is impossible for man to please God without faith in Him (Heb 11:6). Those who are justified before God are those who live by faith, in the only begotten Son of God (Rom 3:28; 5:1; Gal 2:16; 3:11, 24).
When a man receives the grace from God to trust in Jesus Christ, he is not just holding onto a fire insurance policy to protect him from the eternal wrath of God (Rom 1:18; 1 Thess 1:10), in the eternal fire of hell (Mt 25:41, 46; Lk 16:24; Jude 7; Rev 20:14–15). Faith in Christ is an inherently protected position, into which God has transferred the man (Col 1:13).
When a man leaves Los Angeles on a ten hour flight to London, he has a relocation, a new position, with a new view. When God transfers an elect soul from the world, and into Christ, that soul is given many spiritual blessings and gifts (Eph 1:3; 2:6; 4:8). Faith, manifesting itself in the gift of faithfulness (Gal 5:22), is blessed with the knowledge of Christ that invites even more faith in Him (Lk 17:5; Rom 12:3; Phil 1:29; Heb 12:2).
The timid disciples of Christ were suddenly emboldened into risk-taking apostles of the resurrected Son of God. They had a seriously enhanced view to Jesus. They were no longer risk-averse but laid down their lives for the one who laid down His life for them (Eph 5:25; Phil 2:17; 2 Tim 4:6). The fact is He raised up His own life from the dead, gave His followers new life, as His Spirit came upon them at Jerusalem, on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
Is there a backup plan in God’s will and decree? Is God, the God of second chances? Is there a plan B? Should we insure ourselves against any dark providence of God and His plan?
Being risk-averse, in the presence of God, is not advised for a few reasons:
First, God is sovereign in all things (Ps 115:3; 135:6). Therefore, His will is sure to be done (Lk 22:42), whether you spent money on insurance from the world, or not.
Second, the apostle Paul counted all things as loss, save the knowledge of Christ, his Lord (Phil 3:8). In fact, anything that might have hindered his way was flushed as refuse.
Third, losing the world, and the things of the world, must be seen as gain. The reason is that the schemes of the world are only designed to put men in bondage to another monthly payment that goes to the world, instead of being an investment in the kingdom of God (Mt 6:19; Lk 16:9).
Fourth, the Christian life is one of denying self, including the protection offered by the world at a reasonable price (Lk 9:23).
Finally, the Bible teaches God’s people not to worry about anything (Phil 4:6). What is the motive behind insurance? Fear of loss, which we have already indicated is not possible with God, unless what is lost is a hindrance to what is true gain.
In conclusion, we agree, God does have a plan, and we must demonstrate faith in God’s providential care of His children, not in the prudential care of sinful men. Insurance entices its buyers to control the future for a price, but God knows and does all according to His one plan, and it is not for the harm of His children, but that they would have an assured future (Jer 29:11). Faith says, “Hallelujah! A free gift of grace from God!” Unbelief pauses and asks, “Is there some sort of backup plan to the grace and providence of God?” and “How much does it cost?” Do you have the right coverage?
Spokane Valley, Washington
March 23, 2022