(All scripture references are from the NIV)
How does God intend for us to use the stars, sun and moon in our lives? Will they be able to tell us that we should do this thing, not that thing? Go here, go there? Many believe so, consulting their horoscopes daily. But we need to be aware that this is an abomination to our Lord – a perversion of His creation. Even if you think you are only “doing it for fun”, you should seriously consider what we are taught about it. Remember, the evil one will use simple things that could be a weakness in our lives to snare us.
In the creation story in Genesis 1:14-19 we are told “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.’” It is obvious that they are to be signs – but to mark seasons and days and years – not to attempt the foretelling of your future.
Some people consult fortune tellers and other mystics, expecting to learn what their future holds. Some will go as far as to channel the dead and try to cast spells. But Deuteronomy 18:9-12a says: “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord….”
Some people that would never consider sacrificing a child in a fire will try to justify some or all of the other things listed in that passage. However, they are all clumped together in that command. One is no different from the other – each of them is an abomination to the Lord that has created you. Our Lord wants us to look to Him for our strength, for our well-being – not to some human that channels evil spirits. But, how do we know they are evil spirits? The answer to that is simple – because God tells us not to look to those people; we are to look only to Him. If they were speaking on behalf of God, He would not condemn this action. Isaiah 8:19 says: “When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?” The price to be paid for disobeying this is spelled out in Leviticus 20:6 where it says: “’I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them…’”
As Christians, we have the Spirit of our God living within us and we should never make room “even just for fun” for the evil spirits that would try to influence us. We should spend our time with the Lord praising, praying and waiting on the Holy Spirit. Reading His word is one of the best ways for Him to speak to us – God can prompt you, lead you, instruct you through His word. Rather than seeking out humans that are speaking with evil guidance, I would so much rather have the leading I want and need from my Father God! How about you?
Written by Karran Martin
October 10, 2018