18 See me and the children whom Yahveh has given to me, like signs and omens in Israel from Yahveh of armies, the one who dwells on the mountain of Zion. 19 Now if they tell you, “Consult the ghosts and the spirits, those who tweet and those who mutter. Should not a people consult its gods, the dead on behalf of the living, 20 for teaching and for witness?” They say things like this to show that there is no dawn in them. 21 They will pass through the land, greatly worried and hungry; when they are hungry, they will be infuriated and will curse their king and their gods. They will turn their faces upward, 22 or look to the land. But they will see suffering and darkness, the gloominess of affliction! And the land will be thrust into darkness!
no dawn in them
The advisers would tell Judah that it was time to consult the crystal balls and the Ouija boards. They would suggest that the spirit world has answers that would guide the nation in the dark times of the coming Assyrian invasion. But Isaiah warned Judah that advice like this comes from people already overcome by the darkness themselves. There is no answer from the dead. The dead are dead. When people claim they are reaching another world of light, what they are really doing is communicating with the demonic world of darkness.
No, in times of distress and disaster, we need to seek God and the light of his revealed word. We need the objective truth of his word, because it alone is a sure foundation for making the right decisions, to get us out of the darkness we are in. The solution to the consequences of rebellion cannot be found in more rebellion. We need to turn back to God, not to the unclean spirits, masquerading either as the gods, or our ancestors.
LORD, we repent of seeking light where there is only darkness. Show us how to follow your Holy Spirit inspired, written word.