ASTRONOMY OR ASTROLOGY?
(Psa 147:4) He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
Why are so many people drawn to astrology? Why do people read their horoscopes faithfully every day? Do stars have control over a person? Is a person’s life predicted by the arrangement of the constellations? Is it wrong to look to the heavens for a little guidance in life? What does the Bible say about such things?
Studying the stars no doubt shows the vastness and the infiniteness of God. There are countless stars and galaxies in the universe, and yet God has them all numbered and even calls them all by name. And how can He do that? Because He made them. And if God made the stars He can certainly inventory them. (Isa 40:22) It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
I love looking at the stars at night. It’s hard to see them in the city but there are times when you’re outside the urban areas and you stand in awe of a stellar display. Some bright. Some faint. Some twinkle. Maybe a shooting star? It takes you out of your earthly existence for a while and it makes you realize just how awesome God is. What am I worried about? God is so big. Is there anything too hard for Him? (Psa 8:3-4; Jer 32:17)
But while some look to the God who made the stars there are others who look to the stars as a sign. They are seeking direction and they won’t do anything without consulting their daily reading. What does God have to say about that? You might be surprised. Read the following:
(Isa 47:13-14) You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators Stand up and save you From what shall come upon you. 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves From the power of the flame… (see also Job 31:26-28; Deu 17:2-5; Dan 2:27-28)
So why look to the stars for guidance when you can go directly to the God who made them and seek help from Him? Don’t look to the stars. Look to Jesus who is the Morning Star (Rev 22:16). Your future is bright with Him. He’ll give you a sign for good (Psa 86:17) and lead you to heaven!
(Mat 2:2) saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."