“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.”
— Isaiah 47:13, NIV
Have you ever wished you could see into the future and know every detail of the rest of your life? Wouldn’t that knowledge make things easier? It seems that many people today desire that kind of enlightenment. In fact, astrology, one of the most ancient methods of foretelling the future, has become quite popular again. Do you know who helped make it popular? Adolf Hitler. Hitler had five full-time, paid astrologers on his staff, helping him run the Third Reich. But although he had some remarkable successes, his life ended in disaster, burned up in flames.
Astrology holds a strange attraction for humans, and many people don’t see anything wrong with it. But reliance on astrology, a tool of the Devil, can be extremely dangerous. Astrology is harmful because it makes us dependent. It weakens our character by depriving us of the ability to make intelligent, rational choices. Many people find its false power addictive, and if they allow it to take them over, it will destroy their lives. Listen to this story. A man once had an astrologer tell him his future. The astrologer said that this man would marry young, but his first wife would not be the wife who would bring him satisfaction. He would marry again, and this second wife would bring him a lifetime of happiness. This man eventually married a lovely girl who made a delightful wife, but he felt so impressed by the fatalistic claim of the astrologer that he deserted this woman after a year and a half. He divorced his first wife and remarried. But the second wife, supposedly the wife of his dreams, became a fanatical cultist and drove him out of his mind.
A young lady once asked me, “Do you know what my sign is?” I said, “No, what is it?” She said, “My sign is the sign of the cross.” What a wonderful perspective. The cross is the proper sign for all Christians, for we can entrust our future to God because of it. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know all the details of your life, and don’t seek to know them through dubious means such as astrology. Instead, trust God day by day. He has all the answers. And remember that because He has redeemed you, you already know the two most important things about your future: (1) Heaven will be your eternal home, and (2) while you are on earth, God will work all things together for your good.