有我， 除我以外再沒有別的， 我必不至寡居， 也不遭喪子之
8 “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and
saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be
a widow or suffer the loss of children.’9 Both of these will overtake you
in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood.They will
come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceriesand all your
potent spells.10 You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No
one sees me.’Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to
yourself,‘I am, and there is none besides me.’11 Disaster will come upon
you, and you will not know how to conjure it away.A calamity will fall
upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom;a catastrophe you cannot
foresee will suddenly come upon you.12 “Keep on, then, with your magic
spells and with your many sorceries,which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.13 All the
counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers
come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month,
let them save you from what is coming upon you.14 Surely they are like
stubble; the fire will burn them up.They cannot even save themselves from
the power of the flame.These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to
sit by.15 That is all they are to you—these you have dealt with and labored
with since childhood.All of them go on in their error; there is not one that
can save you.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage? What is your emotion as you read this
word or phrase?
3. In our sophisticated and cynical age, why do you think most major
newspapers faithfully carry astrological information day after day?
Have you ever been drawn to astrology or any other occult practices?
Do you think it is appropriate for Christians to be involved
in these things? Why or why not?
4. What does this passage relate to your current situation? What does
God tell you to do?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.