In this chapter of Deuteronomy, there is once again a strong admonition against divination, sorcery, and witchcraft. In fact, God says that the heathen nations in Canaan would be thrust out of the land precisely because they practiced these sorts of detestable things: "The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so." (vs 14)
Why do people do this kind of stuff anyway? Why do they see a psychic or a fortune teller or a medium? Isn’t it in order to get answers? Aren’t they seeking information about their loved ones or their life — past or future? Often, they are trying to find a way to make sense of life or discover what is going to happen to them so they can be prepared.
But those of us who know the Lord are not to consult with these types of people who, at best, are misguided and, at worst, are evil. God continues: "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites." (vs 15) Once again, God provides a solution for His people. He knows that we will seek out answers about the meaning of life. He knows that ahead of time. So what does He say? "You don’t have to come to Me. I’ll come to you."
Instead of us having to try to seek out the answers, He’ll bring the answers to us. Instead of us having to consult a witch, He’ll raise up a prophet. Instead of us having to guess at whether the psychic is correct, He’ll put an accurate prophecy right in our path. You see, God is not subtle. He’s not out to leave us in the dark or waste our time with guessing games. He has plenty of proverbial two-by-fours, and He’s not afraid to use them!
When we need answers, when we need information, He is more than able and willing to bring it to us. He is eager to come to us with the answers to all our questions, and He comes in such a way that we don’t have to wonder about whether it is really Him or not. Romans 1 says that we will know what we need to know about God because He makes it plain to us. We don’t need to search for Him or try to find Him. He has already found us, and He will happily make Himself known!