June 13, Scheming or Planning?

Today’s reading: Psalms 61-65

“They plot injustice and say, ‘We have devised a perfect plan!’ Surely the human mind and heart are cunning”
- Psalm 64:6.

God put the ability in people to plan, but of course the Fall caused mankind to plan and scheme how to take care of themselves. This planning branched out into people’s desire to reach God on their own terms instead of God’s. This is exemplified by the story known as the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. When God saw their scheme, He said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other” (Genesis 11:5-6). God was not threatened by their planning. He knew they were plotting something that would require Him to judge them for their disobedience (God had told them to spread out; they wanted to stay put). Jesus came to restore mankind’s ability to plan but to do it for righteous and not selfish ends. Do you see planning as spiritual or unspiritual? What could you accomplish for the Lord if you had a 10- 15- or 25-year plan? Are you planning to achieve God’s purpose or your own?