When I was growing up and into my teenage years, it seemed like me and my buddies were always scheming of ways to do things we shouldn’t have been doing. I remember at the age of 13 scheming to steal tobacco and a pipe from a local drug store to then take into a local gas station bathroom with a couple of buddies and smoke.
Have you ever been a schemer? The main reason people scheme is to get something they want in a way that is not legally or ethically right. The world is filled with people that secretly scheme and do things in secret to execute their plans. The world is filled with schemers. I would have probably still been scheming had I not given my life to Jesus.
As I began to learn the Bible, I came to realize that scheming was bad. Schemer’s schemed because they did not or would not ask for God’s help and even if they did, they weren’t patient enough or truly had the faith to believe that God would help them. Scheming will lead you far from God. Scheming will hurt or destroy your ability to be sensitive to God’s voice. It will also hinder from ever learning the character development of trusting God – something critical to ever receiving the fullness of blessing that God so desperately wants us to have in life.
Proverbs helps us see the person that won’t trust or listen to God and ends up scheming. Proverbs 1:30-31 says, Since they would not accept My advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. Then Proverbs 24:8 says, He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
I know that when we want something, our flesh does not like to wait. But that is part of the work that God wants to do in us. God tells us to forget about those that do cheat or scheme to get their own way. Instead wait on Him. Psalm 37:7-8 says, Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not worry or be anxious about evil people who seem to succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes. Stop your anger and turn from your rage, it only leads to harm.
I know we live in an evil world and sometimes we are tempted to compromise our integrity to keep up with others that scheme. Don’t do it! God has a higher way! Matt 5:8 says, Blessed are the pure in heart (motive and purpose) for they shall see God (and understand His ways.) And Proverbs 22:11 says, Anyone who loves a pure heart and gracious speech is the king’s friend. Be pure in heart and ask and trust God. Over time as you look back, you will see the high road was the only road to take!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt