Woe to the Workers of Evil

MICAH 2. “Woe to the Workers of Evil.” “Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.” (Mic 2:1-4) This is a prophecy that could be applied to our place and time. It seems that the ones who “devise iniquity and work evil” have the upper hand in our society. It seems that the evil persons can do as they wish “because it is in the power of their hand.” These men and women “work evil upon their beds.” This could be, in part, a reference to the adulteries and the wicked sins that men and women commit with one another. But, I believe in this case it is primarily a reference to the manner in which evil men and women of these days spend their time – even their nights – devising their wicked plans, and then they implement them when the day comes. They seem to be having great success in our Nation today! Working out their evil plans at night, and then revealing them to the world during the day!

However, I want you to know that God is still the Judge of all men. (I know there are other judges in our societies; but God is the Judge Who Matters – He is the final Say and the One Who will pronounce Final Judgment.) Our God is still in control, though it may seem to our finite and unknowing minds that men of evil are on track to destroy us all. Think about it this way: Is it going to be a good and peaceful life for these wicked persons, who have gained much prestige and power, but who have also had “Woe from God” pronounced upon them? Would you be willing to gain the world and the pleasures and powers of it, only to find out that God has brought a terrible and eternal Woe upon you? These evil persons who afflict our Nation now, may seem to be prospering – they may even be rejoicing in their momentary victories – but they will have to one day submit to the Justice and Judgment of God!

I think that Christians will agree with me, when I say that it is better to suffer a bit for the present – as a Christian, as a follower of Good, as an upright and honest person – and to presently receive favor and recognition from God, then it is to receive accolades, power, prestige, and the pleasures of this life – only to be judged by God, and condemned unto everlasting punishment. The victories of man and his evil desires are only for a little while, and have no enduring success. The victories of God and Good – the virtues supplied by the Grace of God and Salvation in Jesus Christ – these are effective unto happiness and contentment in this life, and eternal joy and peace in the Life to Come.

I would hate to be this one (or these ones) who is described in our text, as God has him in consideration: “…against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks.” It is a terrible thing – no matter what successes these evil men and women may have in this life – to have God “devise an evil” or a judgment and destruction upon wicked men!

I hope that God will give us grace in these last evil days, to resist and lay aside the evil and the sin which does so easily beset us; and that we would have strength to serve Him and to stand up for Goodness and Righteousness in these last evil days. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (Jas 1:12)