When Your Backup Plan Fails (1 Peter 5:6-7)

I am extremely paranoid about not waking up on time in the morning. To ensure this, I have two alarm clocks. The first is an old iPhone that is plugged into a speaker. The second is a battery powered clock. In this manner, if one alarm clock fails, I will always have a back up. I also set both with a time difference of 5 minutes. I do this because in the past, I have literally turned off the alarm on one clock and then went back to sleep. This system has saved me on several occasions.

However, there is one situation where it fails. What if I forget to set the alarm for BOTH clocks?

This embarrassing occurrence has happened several times. Fortunately my biological clock (a third clock!) awakened with me within a half hour of my usual time of awakening. But what if it didn’t? I had no backup. What do I do when my backup plan fails?

These incidents made me wonder whether I have a spiritual backup plan? When my spiritual life seems to be overwhelmed by the trials and travails of life, do I have a spiritual backup? Do I turn to my wife, a trusted brother in Christ, my pastor? Most certainly!  I have done so many times in the past and each of them are important backups. But what do I do if my backups are unavailable when I need them? The Bible reminds us that there is only spiritual backup that  is fail-proof.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)

God has surrounded me with trusted and loving spiritual backups. But during any trial, God asks us to first cast our anxieties upon Him. Let Him do the heavy lifting! His love knows no limits!

Trusting in Jesus Christ. This is the only fail-proof spiritual backup plan.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.