DO NOT UNDULY PROBE INTO THE FUTURE
Human beings are naturally curious. The desire to know is intrinsic in us. We often develop a wonder about things that are strange and seek to understand them. While this is largely a healthy trait, it can get out of hand or become abused, thereby endangering the inquirer. You know, like when curiosity killed the cat, ha ha!
Sometimes, our probing is motivated by worry. We worry about the likely consequences of problems and mistakes from our past. We worry about our circumstances in the present. And the big one: we worry about what the future holds in store for us.
The temptation to see into the future is so great. We feel that if we know what is programmed to happen, we might be better prepared for it or we might be able to manipulate things in our favour. But the problem is that there are so many channels of looking into the future, most of which will get you into trouble sooner or later.The #temptation to see into the #future is so great. Here's how to handle it. Click To Tweet
There are traditional medicine men, white garment prophets, astrologers, priests of various religions and pastors (to mention but a few) that promise to provide peeks into the future for a fee. The traditional mass media and the Internet are also awash with self-help guides on this matter.
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But whatever these folks are peddling is not for the redeemed of the Lord. The Bible warns us against defiling ourselves with such quests. In Deuteronomy, 18:10-12 the following command was given to the Israelites:
“10. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
In Acts 16, 16-18, a girl with a divination or fortune-telling spirit followed Paul and his companions about in Philippi proclaiming that they were servants of the most high God who had come to show the people the way of salvation. You would think she would be commended by Paul. But the passage says her utterances grieved Paul and he cast the spirit out of her.The source of a prediction of the future matters more than its accuracy. Click To Tweet
We can deduce from this encounter that what matters is not how accurate the prediction is but its source. As Christians, our total allegiance and dependence should be on God. When we begin to look to strange powers for help, we are drifting into idolatry and incur the wrath of God. This is what happened to King Ahaziah of Israel when he sent messengers to inquire from the god of Ekron whether he would recover from the grievous injuries he suffered in a fall.
2 Kings 1:3-4
“3. But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baal–zebub the god of Ekron? 4. Now therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die….”
Exposure to the dark powers that give these predictions also defile Christians whereas God demands that we be holy as He is. We see this in Leviticus 19:31.
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.”
1 Peter 1:15-16
“15. But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
We may feel God is being a wet blanket by making these stipulations. And with these esoteric stuff becoming more popular by the day, we may be asking, “What’s the harm in getting a little foreknowledge and the power that comes from it?” The truth is, God is actually trying to protect us from the deception and eventual destruction that comes from fraternising with strange powers.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NLT)
“Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.”
There is nothing harmless in checking horoscopes, peering into crystal balls, palm reading, holding seances, stuff like that. In fact, you can get seriously hurt by dabbling in those kind of things. They open you up to cleverly concocted lies. They tease you with a little semblance of truth and then sell you a whammy.
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Only God knows with certainty what the future holds, so many predictions from these devious sources often fail. Those who depend on them are courting disaster. That was the case with Ahab who was given bogus assurances of victory in his war with Ramoth Gilead, only for him to be killed there (1 Kings 22:10-12, 30-35).
Besides, these attempts to read the future throw people into anxiety, rather than bring peace. You don’t need to know about every danger and trouble ahead. All you need is to trust God. He will keep your heart in peace and fight your battles.
“3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:”
“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:”
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.”
What you need is to walk with God in humble obedience. If there is anything you need to know about the future, He will reveal it to you and show you what to do with that information. It may be to pray to avert trouble, to stay away from the devil’s traps, to encourage your heart or someone else.
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are[ revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
He did it for Abraham and the saints of old.
“17. And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18. Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?”
He will do the same for you. Do not indulge in idle curiosity. Do not exchange the freedom that Christ bought for you for slavery to lesser powers.I wonder what the future holds but I won't do just about anything to find out. Click To Tweet
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Do not believe you can become a god, Master of your own destiny independent of God Almighty by accessing the future. This is the lie the devil sold to Eve in the Garden of Eden that brought sin and death into the world.
“2. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Well, you know who told the truth in that case: GOD! Adam and Eve did die and human beings have been dying ever since. That is how it always turns out when you seek counsel from the enemy. He will lead you to disobey God, giving you the impression you can avert the consequences. But you know better than that, don’t you?
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Whenever your heart is trembling because of the future, remember God’s promises in His word, rest in them and it shall be well with you.Whenever your heart is trembling about the future, rest in God's promises. Click To Tweet
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Once again, the Lord Jesus says to you: “Let not your heart be troubled:..” (John 14:1).
The Lord bless you on every side as you obey Him on this matter in Jesus’ name. Amen.
All scriptures above are from the King James Version of the Bible except where otherwise stated.
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