What are you planning? Not just for today or tomorrow, but for the whole year? Are you planning to better yourself or help others? Are you planning to make the world a better place and be the change? God won’t tolerate plans to defraud and rob and covet…
1 Woe to those who plan iniquity,
to those who plot evil on their beds!
At morning’s light they carry it out
because it is in their power to do it.
2 They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
they rob them of their inheritance.
3 Therefore, the Lord says:
“I am planning disaster against this people,
from which you cannot save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,
for it will be a time of calamity.
12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in its pasture;
the place will throng with people.
Micah 2:1-3, 12
Is your plan to take what is yours? Is this your turn because everyone else has had their turn? Or do you plot and plan something more sinister? Revenge? Theft? Shady business? Adultery?
God says, Woe to those who plan iniquity.
Woe to those who covet, defraud, rob, and edge other people out. Woe to those who break up relationships and set their personal goals ahead of their family and neighbours. I stood next to a couple the other day and they were telling their story. Eleven days before they both walked away from 27 and 28 year marriages to run away together. They were bragging about it like it was a victory of love.
I don’t know the details behind their relationships, yet I know that abandoning 27 years of marriage for adultery is not a victory. It’s a tragedy for everyone involved. Walking proudly while leaving relational devastation in your wake is not a victory.
Whether harming your family or harming your neighbours or even strangers, God doesn’t turn his gaze away. He plans disaster for those whose goal it is to defraud and harm. Calamity awaits those who plan this way.
God also plans to gather his people – a remnant of those who are left to bring them together under his care. Will you be one who scatters and destroys or one who gathers and cares for others? I want to sent myself on God’s side of the equation…