by Sam Stinson
"When they say to you, 'Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,' should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?" (Isaiah 8:19)
Dear friend, are you a Christian? Many people in the world do not identify themselves as Christian for various reasons: perhaps they simply do not believe that there is a God, perhaps they have seen the bad example of those claiming to be Christian but who act in ways that they should not have been, or perhaps they have had bad experiences in life that they say are God's fault --such as losing a job in this economy It is for this last reason that I'd like to talk with you a moment.
If you are not a Christian, I hope you will consider becoming one by
believing the truth about Jesus Christ, God's Son, and obeying what he
wants you to do. Don't let these reasons try to persuade us to not do
what the Lord would have each of us to do. Regarding the economy, I'd
like for you to consider a recent news story with me about how more
and more people are turning to supernatural means of finding out
information to help themselves in this lifetime, "Fortune-tellers,
tarot card readers and psychics are reporting an uptick in business
during the current economic downturn as people look for guidance,
employment advice and a window into their personal economic future." [Fox News]
Friend, why do you suppose so many people are turning to these people? Even before I became a Christian I stopped believing in these people who say they are psychics and the others in what they claim -- especially after the Psychic Friend's Network went bankrupt -- really, how could they not have seen that coming? As a Christian, I accept that the only place I can find out my purpose in life is in God's word, the Bible. That Bible tells me that these other sources are not worthy of our attention because behind them there is nothing real but behind God's word is God himself.
If you've lost your job due to the economy your desire to know what to do next is probably strong. Please don't give into despair. Please don't be tricked by charlatans. I invite you to consider using this as an opportunity to learn about the Lord God and what he would have you do. Many Christians have lost their jobs but they cling to God through his son Jesus Christ and continue to study his word for encouragement in these troubling times. If you believe God exists and Jesus is his Son who died for our sins, there is a hope that goes beyond this crisis. You can have that same real encouragement. Sometimes it takes something bad like this in life to get our attention and to get us to cling to what really matters. Consult the Living God.