That’s a big word, and it’s one I try not to use too often. But it’s applicable to God.
And it’s a word we can take shelter under. When we put something in God’s hands, He will never fail to make sure it works out for the best. Maybe not the way we wanted it to, but for the best.
One way to express this concept is in the nugget of bumper sticker wisdom that goes something like this: Everything will work out in the end. If something’s not working out, it’s not the end.
We regularly fail God by falling short of His plans for us, but the will of God is never thwarted. He always has a Plan B.
God’s Plan A is always better than Plan B, but Plan B still accomplishes His will in ways that are staggering to us.
The best example of this simple truth at work (and perhaps the one that all others fit inside) is this one:
Plan A was for people to be in community with God in the Garden of Eden, but we failed Him and got ourselves cast out of His presence. So God rolled out Plan B – the Cross.
The unlikeliest, most outlandish and upside-down of schemes anyone could ever imagine: take human form and live a wholly holy (and therefore very controversial) life, knowing full well that your children’s response will be the commission of the darkest sin conceivable. Then use the commission of that sin as the mechanism that redeems the very people who did the sinning!
It’s almost like He was changing the rules in the middle of the game – as if sin never really had a chance.
Or do I mean ‘Exactly’?
And as it is with the cosmic, universal problem of Sin, so it is with the issues we struggle with as individuals in our daily lives. God has a Plan A, and we need to make the discernment and implementation of Plan A our Job #1. But when we muck it up, we can be confident there’s a Plan B, C, D, and going on way, way past Z, waiting in the wings.
Because God never fails.
Peace be with you.