Seeking to Know Our Future – 2 Kings 1

Many have a deep desire to know what will happen in our future.  Some seek out mediums and fortune tellers for information and guidance about what lies ahead and what to do about it.

If we belong to God, He does not take a positive view of this.  He clearly tells us throughout His word that we are not to inquire of any other gods for anything.  He is a jealous God, jealous with a love for us, and has forbidden us from pursuing other deities or spirits for any reason.

After the death of Ahab on the battlefield, the throne of the Northern Kingdom of Israel went to his and Jezebel’s son, Ahaziah.  Like his parents, Ahaziah had little regard for the God who had planted His people in Israel, a land flowing with milk and honey.  Ahaziah chose instead to worship his own god, one of the Philistine deities, Baal-Zebub.

The demonstration of heavenly power in the dramatic face-off on Mount Carmel between the prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal was apparently lost on Ahab’s family.  They shrugged it all off and continued on the idolatrous path they were following.

But Ahaziah’s life was interrupted by a serious accident – he fell though a lattice on the second floor and dropped a significant distance, seriously injuring himself.  So much was he hurt that he feared he was about to die.  Instead of turning toward God in his crisis, he sent messengers to Ekron to ask their god Baal-Zebub if he was going to survive this fall.

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria… 2 Kings 1:3 NKJV

Following God’s directive, the prophet Elijah confronted Ahaziah’s messengers before they got very far and sent them back to the king with a new message from the Lord.

So they said to him, “A man came up to meet us, and said to us, ‘Go, return to the king who sent you, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’ ” ’ ”

Then he said to them, “What kind of man was it who came up to meet you and told you these words?”

So they answered him, “A hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist.”

And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”  2 Kings 1:6-8 NKJV

King Ahaziah knew enough about Elijah to know that it was him bringing the message from God.  But he did not accept God’s word, and foolishly sent men to try to take Elijah captive.  The Lord was not going to let that succeed.  As Ahaziah did not get the message of Mount Carmel and the fire from heaven the first time, God re-ran the experiment a couple more times for him.  He still did not repent, though, and God’s judgement of death came upon him because of his stubborn idolatry.

Scripture tells us that God holds our future in His hands.  He knows the number of our days, days that have been ordained for us from the beginning.  He knew us before we were born, and as we were being formed in the womb. He is the One with the true information about us and our lives.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:16 NKJV

God clearly wants us to come to Him to inquire about our needs and concerns for the future.  We know that there are other created spirits in the universe, spirits that have turned against Him and His Messiah, Jesus Christ.  He does not want us to pursue these – the Bible repeatedly says it is outside of His will for us to do so.  He will provide for all of our needs and will never leave us nor forsake us.

Reflection

Am I going outside of God’s will in my quest to learn about my future?

Lord, we come to You now with our heart fully dependent upon your goodness and grace towards us.  Grant us all that we need to know about our future without using outside channels or spirits. We seek only your Holy Spirit.  Guide us in Your true way. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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