Tucked in a sermon about holding grudges or not forgiving someone, our associate pastor, Brian Dainsberg stated that there is no such thing as a Plan B from God’s perspective. He referenced Genesis 50:15-20 when Joseph said to his brothers that sold him into slavery “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Our pastor went on to say that if someone has done something to you that has hurt you and/or seemingly changed the course of your life, that God knew all about it before hand and factored it into His best plan for your life. Nothing anyone can do or say to you will change the direction of your life, God used what man will choose as a vehicle to get us to the next step in the Master plan.
I’ve both hurt and been hurt. In those instances where I’ve wronged others, I am at the mercy of God and those I’ve hurt, and take comfort in the fact that God’s very best for them has not been altered by my foolishness. For those times when others have hurt me and appears to have affected my life in a way that I don’t think is fair, or right, or beneficial, I need to remember that they did not change the course of my life. This bend in the road was foreseen and it IS right and it IS beneficial. The only thing that has changed is the direction I wanted my life to go. With this in mind, and the purpose of yesterday’s message is, I need to let offenses go.
I take great comfort knowing that in either case, whether due to my sinfulness or someone else’s offense, God did not have to quick draw up an alternative plan that is almost as good as His original plan.