Horoscope vs. Bible
Have you ever wondered how it is that some people seem to be so intrigued by their horoscope? I think we all know at least a few coworkers, friends, family members, or neighbours who interpret all of life’s events through Zodiac signs. It’s weird, right?
But they get so excited to read the horoscope! They are eager to read it because they really want to find out what their future (and everyone else’s future) seems to have in store. And they really believe they’ll find out here.
The sad thing, to me, isn’t just that they’re reading these fanciful, generic, basically-could-apply-to-anyone, type predictions. What’s actually sad is that they are more excited about reading the horoscopes (and seem to benefit from reading them more) than some Christians are about reading the Bible.
But the Bible is the inspired Word of God! How could this be?
Reading with Expectation
Someone might answer that it’s hard to benefit from reading the Bible because it is harder to understand. That may be true, in part. But there are lots of easy articles and books devoted to helping you understand the Bible, and many great study Bibles that you can take advantage of as well. Understanding doesn’t have to be (and typically isn’t) the issue.
I think the difference is faith. Expectation. Anticipation. Hope. The difference between horoscope readers and Bible readers, much of the time, is that horoscope readers, sadly, often read with more faith. They genuinely believe that something in those pages will make a difference in their life.
Do you read the Bible with that kind of expectation? I’m certain that I don’t always approach the Bible like that. But here’s the reality: The God who inspired those words knew exactly what you’d be going through today. Whether you’re on a Bible reading plan, or just reading ‘randomly’, from before the foundations of the world, all your days were numbered and written in his book.
That means that when God created the world he knew what grace I’d need today. This precise day. And when he inspired Isaiah 66.1-3, he knew that I would be reading it today. He has orchestrated all things in history to this point, on this day. And these precise words are the words he gave me to read.
If I believe that, I ought to have far more faith than a horoscope reader. God’s word is living and active. It is specific and was given specifically to me, specifically for today.
So today when you go to read your Bible, why not honestly ask, ‘God, why did you give these words to me today of all days?‘ That question alone might change the dynamic of your devotions from ‘reading the Bible’ to ‘hearing God speak.’