And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. –Leviticus 20:6, 7 (KJV)
A few years ago I was out one day when I noticed that someone had opened a place that offers psychic readings and fortune telling. Who would have thought that in the small town of Bristol, Virginia we would have a fortune teller? I don’t know how this person’s fortune telling operation is going, but apparently he or she has enough customers to remain in business. For as long as people have been on the earth they have sought out such persons to try to answer their questions and provide direction in life – at least that what I imagine is the reason anyone would visit a fortune teller. The Bible shows that God gave stern warnings to His people to avoid such practices, and if someone did begin consulting such individuals he or she would be cut off from the community of faith. That means that those who remained faithful to God would have nothing to do with those who engage in such practices.
Followers of Jesus Christ have been given the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God who Jesus referred to as “The Comforter.” The Holy Spirit indwells the believer and provides guidance, direction, peace, spiritual power, and the ability to discern the Scriptures and God’s will for our lives. We need not waste our time, or money, visiting those who claim to possess psychic powers. Such persons are charlatans pretending to have power to speak with the spirits of the dead and to see the future. According to the Word of God, such practices are an abomination before the Lord. Furthermore, no one knows the future except God. We do well to look to Him to guide us forward into His will knowing that our lives and our future, as well as the future of the entire world, are in His hands.
Our Great Commission given to us by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 28:19 is to “Go ye therefore and teach all nations…” Our calling and commission is to go and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that needs hope, peace, and guidance. All around us are people that stand in need of the salvation only Jesus Christ can provide. As we let His light shine from us, we show them that Christ is the answer to the questions people seek.
Let that light shine today. Demonstrate to a lost world and to those that are searching that Jesus is the true way.