Legend has it that when Spanish explorer, Hernando Cortes, landed in Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the 1500s, he ordered his men to burn the ships that had brought them there, to remove the possibility of doing anything other than going forward into the unknown. He was there for a purpose, to take control of this country’s treasures. He was committed to a victory, there was no backup plan, no Plan B. It was all or nothing for his soldiers. If they wanted to get home, they had to conquer the soldiers of the Yucatan and take their ships. And so they did.
So many times in our lives we live with a Plan B, a backup plan. If our marriage doesn’t go the way we want it, we get divorced. If our job isn’t to our liking, we quit and move on. If our pastor says something we don’t like, we go to a different church. If God doesn’t do want we want him to do for us, we give up on him.
Joseph was a following of God who had no Plan B. He had dreams as a young child of his family bowing down to him. His older brothers didn’t think much of this idea and one day they decided it was time to get rid of him. They sold him to a group of traveling gypsies and off to Egypt he went. He was sold as a slave to a guy named Potiphar, who was the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. One day he was falsely charged with rape and thrown into prison. Life wasn’t really going so well for Joseph, he went from bad to worse, yet he never cursed God nor turned his back on God. One day Joseph was brought before the Pharaoh and he interpreted his dream and the Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he put him in charge of all the land of Egypt, second only to himself. Joseph ended up saving not only Egypt during an intense time of famine, but also his family, including his brothers who began this chain reaction of pain so many years before. God honored his commitment of faith.
We live in a society that lacks commitment. But as a follower of Jesus, we need to be different. The Word tells us: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
I have a couple of questions for you to ponder; do you have a Plan B? Is it time to burn your boat?
Father, thank you for teaching me how to be committed to you. Thank you for the examples of commitment that you give us, the greatest being your love for us. When I am ready to give up, give me that burst of encouragement that I need to stay just a little bit longer.
I love you Jesus.
In your name I pray,
God Bless You!
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones
But Words Can Kill My Spirit.
The Lies That Get Stuck Inside.