8th April 2011

There Is No ‘Plan B’!

“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no saviour.”
Isaiah 43:11 (NIV)

A well known high street retailer uses this slogan—“There is no ‘Plan B’”—to illustrate their Corporate Sustainability Policy. In short, this policy demonstrates the efficiency of the company in the areas of environment, energy strategy, carbon footprint, etc. The implication being that this is it—we do this because there is no alternative. No Plan B! The campaign has been highly successful and the phrase has become well known.

The principle is interesting. As human beings we like a way out; insurance in case things go wrong; an alternative route. To be told that there is no Plan B captures our attention and makes us focus on the only solution. The preservation of our environment for the future is vital to most. For example, we need to adopt sustainable and renewable methods of energy consumption today, for the sake of generations yet to come.

There are intriguing spiritual parallels in this sombre warning: With God there is No Plan B either! God has a plan for mankind, and it is steadfast. Through the sacrifice of His precious Son, Jesus Christ, God has made salvation available to all mankind. Hours before His tortuous death, the Son of God confirmed Plan A by saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Our Saviour knew what lay ahead, but equally He knew that this was the only plan. He Himself said in Mathew 7:14, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Note that the word ‘road’ is singular—not plural. 

There is no substitute for the plan of salvation which God has put in motion for all humanity. Left to our own devices, we would as surely destroy ourselves spiritually as we are destroying the planet physically. In Proverbs 14:12 we find, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Spiritually, there is no sustainable or renewable policy we can adopt without our Saviour. That is why we call Him Saviour. As the title scripture says, “apart from me there is no Saviour”. He alone has rescued us from our own destruction. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are renewed every day—unlike the world’s energy sources—as it says in Colossians 3:10, “and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

Psalm 52:8 says, “…I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.” God’s love for us is sustainable—it lasts forever. God does not need a Plan B. The crucial question that plagues the environmental scientist applies to both physical and spiritual situations. Do we take it seriously? Do we take God’s love for us for granted, the way we disregard our surroundings? Has God’s word become clichéd to us? Revelation 3:17 warns, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” Complacency and lassitude can subtly replace our commitment as Christians without us realising. Before we know it we have moved away from our Creator, spiritually adrift. We attempt to go it alone, forgetting that with God there is no Plan B. No other Saviour but Jesus Christ. He is our sustainer, provider and ever-present High Priest, ministering to us always, with no shortage of resources!

We are exhorted by the environmental experts that we need to become more responsible as citizens, and we know that they are right. We do need to take care of this special planet that God has given us. Our care today will give quality of life to the children of tomorrow. The analogy holds good—continuing respect for our great God grants this, and every generation to come, eternal life! Thank you, Father, that you have no Plan B!

Ever faithful Father, thank you for your enduring love for us, a wayward humanity. Thank you that you have in action a plan of salvation, for we who cannot save ourselves. Thank you for the price that was paid for this plan. We are ever in your debt as we could never be worthy on our own account.

Study by Bill & Irene Wilson 

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