The future can be frightening. Perhaps that's what drives so many to seek predictions from astrologers.
Will I ever find true love?
Will I die early?
What will happen to my kids?
Will my spouse leave me?
Will terrorists strike my city?
Will war change my life?
What if I make a wrong decision?
What will happen to my money?
Is my home safe?
Will I lose my job?
What if I get some disease?
There are plenty of reasons to be scared.
Fear comes from three things:
Lack of knowledge. Probably the biggest "fear-maker" is the unknown -- we want the security of knowing all that the future holds, but such security eludes us. The best we can do is guess, and we're always afraid that we could be wrong.
Lack of trust. Another fear-maker: a lack of confidence in oneself, in the government, in God's protection, in the honesty of our friends and loved ones, in the goodwill of people around us, etc. Without trust, everyone and everything is suspect -- and everyone and everything is a reason to be afraid.
An over-active imagination. When we hear noises at night in the basement, or when we walk through a dark parking lot, what causes the adrenalin rush of fear? Our imagination. We see things that aren't there and hear things that don't exist. We see shadows shifting and hear floors creaking. We often allow our imaginations to trump our logic.
Overcoming fear in our lives will not happen until we can learn to deal with these three "fear makers." If astrology and the occult don't have the answers, what should we do? What does the Bible teach about conquering our fears?
Realize that God is bigger than any "unknown". Nuclear power plant meltdown? God is bigger. Radiological weapons? God is bigger. Economic problems? God is bigger. Family breakup? Health problems? Car crash? God has more power, more resources, and more intelligence than any threat we face. Could we face these threats? Sure. Need we take precautions as necessary? Sure. But at some point we must acknowledge our lack of control over many situations we encounter. We must learn to trust God to deal with the "unknown" things we cannot see. No matter what happens, God will be there.
Realize that God is worthy of our trust. Trusting in God means that we recognize His authority and power over everything that may happen on earth. When we trust in God, we put your faith in Him, instead of in money, people, the government, etc. Trusting God doesn't mean you'll have a problem-free existence. It does mean that you can look to Him for comfort and hope. It does mean that you don't have to worry -- because God will be beside you.
Remember childhood nights that you got scared in your bedroom, all alone? The lights were out and the covers were your only security. Your eyes were like saucers -- open wide, straining to see what horrible monster was lurking in darkness. But suddenly, Mom came in the room, and the "monster" disappeared. You took a deep breath and drifted off to sleep, knowing that as long as mom is around, you can sleep in safety. That same feeling of relief comes to us now, even in these troubled times, when we realize that God is "in the room." Bad things will still happen -- but we'll never be alone.
Take control of our imaginations. Think on things that are true. Nothing can run faster than our imaginations -- all the terrible things that could happen, maybe, if, perhaps. To be free from fear, make a commitment to obey what the Bible says in Philippians 4:8: "Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Don't dwell on what "could happen"...dwell on things that are true.
Rather than allowing your fear to control you, why not put your faith in the Creator? Don't let the fear of the future drive you to astrology; instead, let it be a wake-up call to make sure you are in a right relationship with God.
Jesus made a statement that, while a bit confrontational, does put fear in a proper perspective:
"Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that.
But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear." (Luke 12:4-5, NLT)
Could it be that for all our worry and fear and wonder -- we're forgetting about the one thing that is a well-founded, certain fear? Another Bible passage declares that, "each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment." (Heb. 9:27)
(For those of you who haven't read much of the Bible, note that much of the Bible's message is encouraging and inspiring. But, as you can see, it doesn't hide the truth on difficult subjects. Sometimes the truth isn't easy to hear.)
For a dose of Bible-based fear (and assurance), check out: Matthew 13, Revelation 21-22, Exodus 19-20, Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 18.