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Stand Now with Thine Enchantments (Isaiah 47:7-15)

Introductory Thoughts

People who place their hope in enchantments will one day find themselves without hope. Babylon had come to rely on the counsel of astrologers and sorcerers and, as such, they had begun to trust in their wickedness. This put them on a collision course with judgment. They were dwelling carelessly and were proud, but all this would change when confronted with God’s wrath. Who would save them? According to the Lord, they would have to rely on those in whom they had trusted from their youth. They would have to stand with their enchantments. They would have to rely on their astrologers. They would soon learn, those in whom they had trusted could offer no refuge from the coming judgment.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God wants to be our trust (Isaiah 26:4) and guide (Psalm 32:8; Psalm 119:105). He is over all (Isaiah 44:24-25). These kings trusted in the guidance of wicked counsellors, but they could not help: Genesis 41:1-8, 24-25; Daniel 2:27-28; Daniel 5:4-17.
  • (For everyone): Are you giving any credence to fortune cookies or horoscopes to learn of your well-being or gain guidance? Are you asking palm readers or fortune tellers to guide you? Whom should you be asking?
  • What are some ways in which your community is caught up in the same practices as the Babylonians? How does God feel about these practices?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for showing you the truth.
  • Ask God to help you turn from your witchcrafts.