Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Let The Lower Lights Be Burning"1 (Lyrics)
Isaiah 47:13,14b – You have advisors by the ton — your astrologers and stargazers, who try to tell you what the future holds. You'll get no help from them at all. (TLB)
Waiting in line at a local coffee shop, I noticed that the large television screen over the fireplace wasn't advertising their products but showing horoscopes for the day. It wasn't a picture of a donut tempting us with its delicious, shiny topping and creamy filling, but the words of another god.
Every person in the restaurant was idly watching the screen. It was difficult to avert our eyes. The cynics among us waited for our birthday to appear, so that we could have a chuckle. But those words, seen only for a moment, have a strange way of popping into our mind later in the day.
With thousands of locations all across the country, and millions of regular customers day and night, that popular restaurant chain has found a great way to get a message out to all Canadians.
Similarly, when we pick up a newspaper, isn't it strange how the horoscope happens to catch our eye and we can't resist reading it? Of course, it's right next to the crossword puzzle!
We may think that horoscopes are harmless, even fun, but the Bible warns us about trusting anything other than God for the future. In fact, anyone attempting to be a fortune teller is "an object of horror and disgust to the Lord". (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 TLB)
The world's messages can be insidious or downright bold. We can't let our guard down for a moment. So when we reach for our coffee cup or newspaper today, let's keep our eyes on the One who made the stars and the heavens and not on the horoscopes!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Creator of all good things, help us to rely on You for the future, and You alone. May Your Spirit give us self-control, and may we not give in to temptation. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.