Exodus 22:18 is one of numerous passages in the Old Testament that forbids in very strong language, any dabbling in sorcery. This includes fortune tellers, clairvoyants, astrologers, and the phrase is also used with reference to drug use as well. It displeases God when his people express their disatisfaction with the realm of the real that He had created for them.

God wants us to simply enjoy the created universe that He has given us and to trust Him with the rest. When we attempt to leave our appointed estate, reality, we say what God gave us isn’t enough. When we attempt to manipulate life’s situations for selfish or personal ends, we say we don’t trust God to have our best interest foremost in mind. When we want to distort our senses through which we enjoy and experience reality we tell God we don’t appreciate the world as He created it for us and as it is. When we long to see what the future holds, we tell God we don’t trust Him.

“The only dependable fortune teller I have known,” said Theodore Roosevelt, “is the life insurance man. He tells you what is going to happen, and it does.”

We don’t need to know anything more about the future, because we know who holds the future. Jesus told us “do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I go to prepare a place for you that where I am, you will one day be also.”