Forget About Your “Just in Case”

by Joanna Pierce on October 26, 2016

Do you know someone who always has that one thing just in case? I marvel at women who carry purses and bags that emulate Mary Poppins’ suitcase—there’s a never-ending supply of stuff that comes out of them. If you go into their bag, with all the items to navigate through just to reach the surface, it will be a few days until you return.

While I don’t live by this mantra, I do have a tendency to stock-pile toiletries in my house. When I come home with another 12-pack of soap, my husband wonders how we’ll ever get through the 3 other 12-packs of soap in the linen closet. When he looks at me with a concerned look while emptying the grocery bags, I say, “it’s just in case.”

Yes, folks, at any given time, I’m prepared to have 50 people come through my house and take a shower with their own personal bar of soap. You never know—it’s just in case, but not an invitation…

Being prepared just in case isn’t always a bad thing. Realistically, you can have a First Aid kit in the event someone gets hurt. You can have a spare tire when you’re miles away from home and accidentally run over a nail. You can have a needle and thread ready to go if a button falls off your shirt. All of these scenarios articulate preparedness, and you’ll be glad you were ready just in case the uneventful happens.

But, on the flip side, our just in case mindset isn’t always worthwhile, especially when it comes to our walk with God.

And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment (Luke 23:55–56, KJV).

Jesus told believers He would soon face the cross, but that He would not stay in the grave (John 2:19). Most did not understand Jesus, others didn’t believe death could not hold Him, and there were others who did believe, but had a just in case mentality.

After Jesus hung on the cross and died for our sins, His body was placed in a sepulcher. When women believers saw Jesus body, His words a distant memory, instead of believing in Jesus’s resurrection, they decided to follow their own just in case plan. They went to prepare spices and ointments for His burial just in case He didn’t rise from the grave.

While we think our just in case frame of mind is good practice, God sees it as a lack of faith. When we intentionally have Plan B ready to go just in case God doesn’t do what He said He will do—how He will deliver us, forgive us, work a miracle in our life, etc.—we don’t trust God and don’t have faith in Him.

God is calling His people to trust Him, believe in Him, and get rid of our just in case outlook. We don’t need to expend the effort in life coming up with a just in case plan when God already has every situation under control.

When we have a just in case approach, we’ve walked into an area of our life that God hasn’t sanctioned, anointed, and is a place where His presence doesn’t dwell. If we’re unwilling to reside in His presence and His plan, we’ll find very quickly our just in case isn’t going to do us much benefit.

Today, when our mind wanders into the state of just in case, remember who we serve. God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19), He knows our every need (Matthew 6:8), and will supply that need (Philippians 4:19)! There is no need for just in case with God. Prove Him and find out He’s always just in time.