Saturday: July 18, 2020
Micah 2:1,2 Woe to those who are crafting iniquity, planning evil well into the night! When morning’s light comes, they carry out their plans because they have the power to do so. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance.
Planning is a good thing to do before any major activity because it gives structure and direction to an endeavour. We would therefore have expected that all forms of planning would be appreciated, but God draws a line since there is a kind of planning that He abhors. It involves a misuse of the gifts He has given: intelligence, understanding, creativity, among others; to take from those to whom possessions have been given.
You might argue that if something belongs to you, you need to go all out to protect it. That is true, but we need to also look out for destiny crashers. Sometimes, it matters not whether one is aware or not of what they possess, a heritage hijacker will have no problem meticulously hatching a near fool-proof plan to obtain an inheritance intended for another.
Even though Jacob had exploits with God later in His journey, in Genesis 27, we read about the joint efforts of him and his mother to plot and successfully deceive a blind Isaac into blessing Jacob with the blessings intended for Esau. That action resulted in an interruption and diversion of many of things due Esau, to Jacob.
My dear, there are those who spend their time plotting how to become stumbling blocks to others, planning how to take up what does not belong to them and to reap from fields they have not sown. Such people are found around us and it will be folly to think they do not exist. We have to make a conscious decision to rise up in arms and stand with God so that we may keep hold of our inheritance. And while we plan, let the thoughts that flood our minds be those that lead to actions which glorify God.