I had the privilege of writing the devotions for my church’s series on Psalm 119 again last week. The theme for the week was “The Way of Understanding.”
Here’s a peek at the beginning of one of the devotions:
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. —Psalm 119:130
As we look back over the course of human history, it’s striking how universal the quest is to find direction for our lives.
- Horoscopes and the zodiac calendar have been around since the sixth century BC as methods of divination.
- According to some estimates, Americans spend about $300 million a year on psychic hotlines.
- Around one million Magic 8 balls are sold each year.
These attempts at seeking guidance range from pure nonsense to practices God has specifically commanded his people not to dabble in. But their very existence indicates two truths about human nature: (1) we want someone wiser than we are to show us the way and (2) we want the quick answer, the shortcut….