Zig-Zagged, Plan B, and the Sovereignty of God

“We know the feeling. Somewhere along the line, we zigged when we should have zagged, and now we’re hopelessly stuck with plan B. It only takes a foolish youthful decision, a missed opportunity, the interference of someone else in our lives, or our sinfulness, and plan A is gone forever.

But if God is sovereign, then plan B is a myth. No matter how dark things look to us, or how big the mess we’re in, we’re in plan A. God’s plan for us is intact, proceeding exactly as he intended, neither behind nor ahead but right on schedule. Nothing – not our sins, failures, disappointments, bad decisions, nor the sins of others against us – can deter a sovereign God from accomplishing his purposes.

God does not wait for perfect conditions to advance his purposes. If the realities of a fallen world and the failings of sinful hearts can obstruct God’s progress, then there is little hope for any of us. If we think about it, we will admit God always accomplishes his plan in spite of us. Our obedience is always flawed; our best efforts are never enough.”

– an excerpt from a dear book-friend, When Life and Beliefs Collide, by Carolyn Custis James

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3 Comments to "Zig-Zagged, Plan B, and the Sovereignty of God"

  1. Jan
    November 18, 2009 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Oh, I totally love that!

  2. November 19, 2009 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I love it, thank you for your opinion.

  3. November 23, 2009 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of some of the ideas expressed in a book I’m reading now by Joel Osteen, It’s Your Time. Talking about times that bad things happen to us or, right when we’re working our hardest for something, it falls apart. It’s not something to get us down and discourage us so much we give up, or something to make us feel guilty–it’s just getting us ready for the full glory of the success that’s still just around the corner. Keep at it!