No Plan B- Burn Your Ships

History tells of both Alexander the Great and Spanish Captain, Hernán Cortés burning their ships on the shores of the lands they had set out to conquer. The reasoning was to destroy the only possibilities of retreat should the battles become too hard. There was no other way to go but into the battle. There was no other option for the men- conquer or die.

Burn your ships

Every once and awhile something I read in the Bible strikes me. When it does, it becomes the focus of my day. That’s a part of meditating on the Word, a concept I’m trying to wrap my mind around lately. This morning I had this experience once again. A few years ago, I purchased a copy of Secrets of the Secret Place written by Bob Sorge. It was highly recommended by the leader of a ministry my husband and I were involved in. For various reasons, I have not ever finished it. I picked it up again this week. Today when I read the chapter “The Secret of No Plan B” This quote and this verse stuck out to me.

“One of the greatest secrets to intimacy with God is to come to Him as your only source of help and hope. ‘Lord in this situation I have no Plan B— no other options to default to if You don’t come through. You are the only one who can help me!’ He loves it when you look to Him alone for deliverance.” – Bob Sorge – Secrets of the Secret Place

“My soul, waits silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭62:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Lately, I have been writing several testimonies of the work God has been doing in my heart. A year ago, I would not be able to speak of the peace and joy I have been experiencing the past few months. There has been a closeness to God that I have been experiencing that I haven’t had for a very long time. The distance I was living in before God’s work was brought on in part by my decision to live my life with a “Plan B”. There is a real and present danger when we choose to allow a “Plan B” to exist. I can testify, God will not share His supremacy in our lives. He is First and our ONLY God, our ONLY Help, our ONLY Deliverer. He is Plan A for who we run to, who we trust, who fights for us. Plan B cannot exist.

It is very common in our modern world to come to God with a bunch of Plan B’s in our back pocket. I had my stack of them ready for use. This is why the Modern Church is riddled with addictions, depression, anxiety, brokenness, failures, etc. We come to God seeking all the goodness we want to experience, yet we refuse to let go of our Plan B’s that we use to cope with the trials, pain, disappointments, etc. that come our way. This is how I lived… Trial comes my way, discouragement- figure out a way to distract yourself. Emotional Pain rears it’s ugly head- self help book after self help book on how to cope. Meditate (in an Eastern religion way) to get peace in your mind. Google search after google search for a solution. The truth of the matter is our reliance on all the Plan B’s the world has to offer is no different than the ancient world that cut down trees and cooked some food on the wood and saved a piece of it to chisel out an Idol to call their god so that they could pray to it and worship.

“He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow. It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44:14-15, 20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Plan B’s of our modern world are just works of human hands, as powerless to save as a carved image in ancient times, and probably the most startling fact of our reliance on all the Plan B’s of self effort, meditate, self-medicate, etc. is as we bow ourselves and ask them to fix us, we have participated in a SIN called “Idolatry”.

Our victory comes to us in a very similar way that Alexander the Great and Hernán Cortés spurred their warriors to victory, we must Burn Our Ship, Burn our Idols, Burn our stack of Plan B’s. Look to Jesus alone for the peace, the joy, the love we long to experience. Eyes on Christ alone. Thoughts on God and His qualities. Seeking Him only for our Help and our deliverance. Bragging about Him alone as the source of our Freedom when we finally began to walk in it in earnest.

We cannot save ourselves. Our Plan B’s are a sham. There is only One Way and when we walk in it, life in Jesus, we cannot help but glory in His Salvation. Because there is no other name, or Plan B, that can save us. Only Jesus and His Plan A- looking to Him alone!

“And step into a new day
We can rise up from the dust and walk away
We can dance upon our heartache, yeah
So light a match, leave the past, burn the ships
And don’t you look back”
For King and Country

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