A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to preach to our church on 1 Samuel 15. The theme of obedience and disobedience to God came up. One of the great things about the Bible, God’s Word, is that it touches base on many issues that many people struggle with a lot of the times. And when you’re looking or studying for one particular thing in it, another one “pops” up. In this case, the issue of divination came up. I thought to myself, “who hasn’t ever opened up a fortune cookie after eating at a Chinese restaurant or even changed the channel on your television and just happened to hear what I call the ‘horriblescope’ or if you’re older like me turned the page of the newspaper and it’s just right there!” I’ve heard of other people who have gotten involved even deeper into it and been part of witchcraft or occult practices. Some of these stories I’ve heard from them are really horrifying and so very sad.
I shared a personal story when I preached about when I was a small boy, around 7 or 8 years old. I remember we had a family reunion at one of my aunt’s house one day and some of my aunt’s and uncles got to playing with a Ouija board. They didn’t let the kids play, just the adults, but we (the kids) were around and got to see them playing. I remember they would ask questions and they would put their hands on the piece of whatever it was (like a triangle looking, magnifying glass) and that thing moved their hands to particular letters or answers to their questions. All of the adults playing mentioned that it was not them moving the object. It was weird, but also very spooky. So, as they finished late at night and we headed back home, I remember our car was full of people and my grandmother was with us. She would always take her Bible along with her and that night she placed it on top of the dashboard of my dad’s car, right there as we drove home. Halfway to our house, as we were driving on the interstate about 50-60 miles per hour, our car tires (3 or all 4 tires, can’t remember exactly – mom says all 4) did not just get a flat tire but popped and were shredded completely! Yes, you can call it a coincidence or whatever you may want but everyone in that car knew exactly what it was! Something demonic! I want to think that if my sweet grandma had not had her Bible with her that day, I probably would not have ever preached or written this message! That’s been a long time ago, but I praise God that some of my aunt’s and uncle’s and their children, as well as mom and I have come to know the Lord Jesus since then!
1 Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry.” To the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people, in Deuteronomy 18:14 God says, “Though these nations you are about to drive out listen to fortune-tellers and diviners, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do this.”
This issue of divination is definitely a NO to the Christian believer. Anyone who goes there and opens up this door is really opening up the door of evil into their life. It’s an evil thing, God warns us against it, and He considers it a sin and, in the Old Testament, it was punishable by death. Stay away from any form of this whether it’s the zodiac, fortune telling, Ouija board playing, witchcraft, any occult practices, etc. This has no place in the life a God-fearing child of God.
It’s amazing how God works! About two days after preaching about this, a dear lady from our church asked me how we could respond to someone talking about how the zodiac has changed their lives because her grandson had just posted this on his facebook posts. My advice to her was that maybe facebook was not the place to talk about it but to instead give him a call or just next time they talked to bring up that she noticed his post and just talk about it. The following is just some of what I mentioned she could talk about:
Ask why he feels it changed his life? If he were to say that stars are used to tell the times (weather, spring , fall, etc), u can mention that the Bible didn’t indicate any “hidden messages” through them. God used the stars as an illustration of His promise to give Abraham an innumerable seed (Genesis 15:5). Thus, every time Abraham looked up at the night sky, he had a reminder of God’s faithfulness and goodness.
Also, from some notes I had previously heard and written sometime somewhere – Astrology is the “interpretation” of an assumed influence the stars (and planets) exert on human destiny. This is a false belief. The royal astrologers of the Babylonian court were put to shame by God’s prophet Daniel (Daniel 1:20) and were powerless to interpret the king’s dream (Daniel 2:27). God specifies astrologers as among those who will be burned as stubble in God’s judgment (Isaiah 47:13-14). Astrology as a form of divination is expressly forbidden in Scripture (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). God forbade the children of Israel to worship or serve the “host of heaven” (Deuteronomy 4:19). Several times in their history, however, Israel fell into that very sin (2 Kings 17:16 is one example). Their worship of the stars brought God’s judgment each time.
Hope this helps!