My mother used to read the horoscope in the newspaper every morning. It’s something we often chatted about over a cup of tea when I was a child. Surely there can’t be any harm in that.

So what’s wrong with a horoscope? Well, they’re an abomination to God because they involve us putting our trust in something other than Him.

The same’s true of Karma, luck, yoga … a whole bunch of seemingly innocuous things that have their roots deep in belief systems that involve putting your faith in things other than God Himself.

Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon. He’d surrounded himself with sorcerers, magicians, soothsayers. He even built a huge golden statue of himself and demanded that all bow down and worship it. But after a powerful, life-changing encounter with the living God through Daniel and his friends, he comes to this conclusion:

Daniel 4:34,35 I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honoured him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (ESV)

Or, as Bible teacher Dr Stephen Lawson puts it: The Lord reigns. Not Satan, not man, not God AND man, not “good luck”, not “bad luck”, not random events, not chance occurrences, not the alignment of the stars, not accidents, not blind fate, not good or bad Karma; Only God and God alone!

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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