Prognostication, No—Prayer, Yes

I doubt if there is anyone in the world who sometime or another has not wished they could know what the future holds. For me, the urge to know comes when things are going badly for me. I find myself wondering if things will improve soon and if this event or that event will come out in a certain preferred way.

I don’t believe in fortune telling because it is forbidden in the bible: 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.” Yet, I find myself wondering, wondering instead of praying.

When all is going well, I would tell you that I never seek out my horoscope to read it, but when things are going wrong, I confess that I have often checked out my listing. This morning, I opened the paper specifically to look at my horoscope for tomorrow and had the wry thought that I would find out what more was going to go wrong. The thought brought me up short. Why would I be looking at my horoscope—even if there was something to it—in order to see what more was going to go wrong tomorrow. Doesn’t the bible say in Matthew 6: 34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Why ever would I want to know the evil of tomorrow while it is still today?

I think I now understand why it is wrong to try to discern the future. I believe the Lord wants us to live faithfully in the here and the now, content that like the sparrows and the flowers of the field, the Lord will provide us with food and raiment as needed. After all, no matter how much we may worry, we cannot add a single hair to our heads. All is in the hands of our Father and it is to Him that we should turn when we find ourselves wondering about the future. Through prayer and worship of the Lord, we can find the peace that passes understanding no matter what the future may hold.

Betty Killebrew

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