God’s Second Choice

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)

We are going to have to learn how to stand if we are going to successfully fulfill the plan of God for our lives. If we do not learn this then there will always be an excuse for why we cannot stand or why we compromised. Each of us must ask ourselves the question of whether we are willing to drive a stake into the ground and declare that nothing less than the fullness of God’s plan will more us. God is not going to make this choice for us. He gave us a free will and we are the only ones who can make that decision.

We have been examining Saul’s life in previous posts and have seen how his impatience led him to a decision that cost his family the kingdom.

But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee. (1 Samuel 13:14)

Saul presented the burnt offering in the second year of his reign over Israel. This was eight years before David was born. God told Saul that he had sought a man after his own heart to replace him as king. The man referenced was David! God commanded David to be the “captain over his people” before he was even born.

We talk about David as a man through whom the Messiah came to deliver mankind and as a man after God’s own heart. These are all amazing things to think about but would we be talking about David if Saul had not compromised? If Saul had made the decision to stand on the promise of the prophet and waited would Jesus be the lion of the tribe of Benjamin instead of Judah? David was only chosen because of Saul’s sin. David was God’s “plan b”!

I am thankful that we are in a new covenant. There are lessons to be learned from Saul’s life. None of us want God to have to pick someone else to complete His plan for our life because of our compromise. The good news is that through the blood of Jesus we can receive mercy and the forgiveness of sins if we turn to God and confess them.

We can trust in God and His faithfulness to take us from where we are today into His perfect plan for our lives. This not mean that we will necessarily be able to capture the time we’ve lost, but we can be assured that His “plan B” for our lives will always be better than any plan we put together!

Kenneth E. Hagin said that God told him he was entering into the first phase of his ministry when he left the last church he had pastored. He had been in the ministry for twelve years but had not entered into the ministry God had planned for him to walk in. How would we react if God told us the same thing? A lot of us probably would sit around beating ourselves up for spending that amount of time without even getting into the first phase of our ministries but thank God that Reverend Hagin did not. If we’ve wasted time and blown it, we need to realize that God is merciful and will forgive us. It may not be possible to recapture the lost time but we can press forward into the plan of God!

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