DO YOU HAVE TRUST OR A CONTINGENCY PLAN?


Contingency plan
1. A course of action to be followed if a preferred plan fails or an existing situation changes.

When we come up with a contingency plan when God has already promised us something what we’re really saying to him is that we don’t truly trust that he is going to come through on his promise.

The Promise- Genesis 12:1-3

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your pe…ople and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

The Contingency Plan- Genesis 12:10-13
New International Version (NIV)

10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. (He never was told to go to Egypt,)11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”(He promised to bless him and make him into a great nation.)

The Promise- Genesis 15 3-6
New International Version (NIV)
3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Well what happened?)

The Contingency Plan
Genesis 16:1-4
New International Version (NIV)
16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.

Genesis 15:6 again 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Did he really believe?)

Has God promised you something trust him without setting up a contingency plan other wise, James 1:5-8
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Trust and a Contingency Plan can not co-exist!!! So pick one!!

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