1 Woe to those who devise wickedness
and work evil on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
2 They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them away;
they oppress a man and his house,
a man and his inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says the Lord:
behold, against this family I am devising disaster,
from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you shall not walk haughtily,
for it will be a time of disaster.
Do you scheme? Do you plot? Do you lie in bed and think to yourself how you are going to get at somebody, how you are going to tell them off, how you are going to make them look foolish? Do you daydream of things you could say to somebody to show how stupid they are? Do you consider in your brain how you can spin the story of what somebody said or did to make yourself look good and them bad?
God hates such scheming. Micah makes it very clear that such schemers are in great danger. Whether you scheme at home, at school, in the workplace, or—heaven forbid—in the local church, God hates it. Plotting to hurt others, to put others down and lift yourself up, is evil, looking far more like the devil than like Jesus.
Be careful here. Do not assume that you could not possibly be a schemer. It is amazing how easily this comes into our lives. We most often talk with people who are like us and who think like us. Our simple conversations can very easily turn into strategy sessions for changing the world into something that pleases us. Sometimes this is good, when it is gospel centered and biblical; but more often than not, our little planning sessions become dangerous times of self promotion and fighting for personal preference.
What is the solution to this? Go read Philippians 2:1-11. Jesus was our example of one who humbled himself in order to sacrifice himself for the good of others. Follow that pattern. Once you have put your trust in Jesus for your salvation, strive to look like him. Let go of your perceived rights in order to consider others better than yourself (Phil 2:3).
Don’t get me wrong here. The call to self sacrifice is not a call to a works-based Christianity. You do not need to simply work harder to be a good little boy or girl. But, if your heart is filled with scheming and plotting to get your own way, you are working against the sanctifying hand of God. If you are working to put yourself forward and put others down, you are battling against your source of ultimate joy. Fight for joy. Fight for peace. Fight against your own tendencies to self-promote. Fight to glorify God by loving others as Christ loves you.