Today is Friday the 13th. For many, it is a superstitious day. I once worked for an agency where everyone planned their plane flights home after a meeting for Saturday the 14th because they didn’t want to chance a plane crash on the 13th. This year there are three Friday the 13ths, all 13 weeks apart. For some, this will be a very superstitious year.
Superstition, according the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false of causation.” Did you know that faith and superstition don’t mix? The Bible has some strong words about superstition.
“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-8)
“Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?: (Colossians 2:18-23)
“And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars–all the heavenly array–do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:19).
“When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Superstitions, fortune-telling, magic, old wives’ tales, divination, astrology, and consulting the dead have been around since man first walked the Earth. Every culture in every time period believes in some kind of superstition. The scriptures make it clear that superstition is godless and manmade. It is an abomination, and we should have nothing whatsoever to do with it or you too will be an abomination. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
This is contrary to what pop culture would have people believe. Today’s youth in America idolize characters from the Twilight Series and Harry Potter, both of which embrace witchcraft and the occult. And it is not just youth. Many adults are caught up in this darkness too. There are too many pop culture icons to name here that live in darkness and drag others into it. They have adoring fan that love them and follow their every move. Many people believe that this is “harmless entertainment” and they experience it “just for fun.” In reality, they are closing their minds and hearts to God and opening up to evil. “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Satan loves it when people see no danger being apart from God’s light, and it breaks God’s heart. Be careful who you follow because Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He even acknowledges God’s authority, but he surely does not respect it.
Superstition is rooted in not knowing God, a fear of the unknown, and has no reasonable basis. Faith is based on the knowledge of God and the work of Jesus Christ. We do not fear the unknown because we know that God created the universe, Jesus has overcome the world, the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we have the hope of eternal life, and God is in control of all things.
Here are some scripture to meditate on tonight:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8).
“You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” (Nehemiah 9:6)
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Pray this Prayer: “Dear God, thank you for who you are and that I can trust in you even when something seems unexplainable or mysterious. Yours ways are higher than my ways. I place my trust and faith in you. I believe you know what is best for life, and there is a purpose for everything that happens under heaven. Amen.”