My sister is going to a Christian seminar and
will be a house mother to about eight girls. Some of them believe in
fortune-telling and Ouija boards. Do you have any information that I
could give her when these high school girls challenge her on this
issue? They don't think it's harmful. She is praying that God will
give her the right words without sounding bossy, and that these
girls will be able to hear my sister's message.
Thanks for the note about your sister's opportunity to minister at a
seminar. Fortune telling and Ouija boards both have the purpose of
foretelling the future, but the Bible is very clear about this. God
has not promised to tell us the future, and I don't even
think it would be helpful for Him to do that. I think the principle
is set nicely for us in James 4:13-16: "Look here, you people
who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town,
stay there a year, and open up a profitable business.' How do you
know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives
is as uncertain as the morning fog -- now you see it; soon it is
gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we shall
live and do this or that.' Otherwise you will be bragging about your
own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God."
the Bible talks about being like the birds who don't worry too much
about tomorrow. Their focus is on today, and God takes care of their
needs. On the other hand, I firmly and passionately believe
that God speaks to our spirit loud and clear. He gives us
definite directions about some of the things He wants us to do, but
I don't believe God always gives us the final destination. I guess I
go back to Proverbs where it says that "men and women make
their plans but God directs the path." This implies to
me, at least, that decision-making is a process. We make our plans
even believe we know whom we are going to marry, or where we are
going to move, but GOD decides the final outcome. He speaks to our
heart and gives us light for the next step. I am told that
archeologists have found candleholders that were clipped on the
ankle when the Israelites spent 40 years in the dessert. When
someone wanted to go out at night, they would light the candles,
clip one on each ankle, and then they had light for their next step.
This helped them avoid scorpions, rocks and holes in the ground.
They had perfect direction for their next step, but when they looked
ahead, it was dark and they had no idea where they were going.
can't think of one reason why God would want us to know the final
destination in advance. First of all, that would cancel out the need
for faith. We wouldn't need faith in God if we knew the final
problem for your sister is that the girls she will be talking with
may not be Christians, and therefore may not respect biblical
principles as much as she might like them to. But this is God's
problem, of course. At the very least, she will plant some wonderful
seeds for the Lord.