Where Do You Put YOUR Trust?

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Astrology is a type of divination based on the construction of a horoscope for an exact moment such as a person’s birth.  A horoscope is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the sun, moon and planets and sensitive angles at the time of an event such as the moment of one’s birth.  The word horoscope means, “a look at the hours.”
An interesting observation was made by Belinda Luscombe in an article that appeared in Time magazine January 31, 2011.  It was titled, “Zodiac Switcheroo.”  The article stated that Parke Kunkle of the Minnesota Planetarium Society rocked the world of astrology on January 13, 2011, when he revealed that the traditional “star signs” used to determine horoscopes are wrong for most people.  It seems that the astrogogical signs codified by Ptolemy in the second century have changed since then, shifting most people to another sign.  This means that the 25% of Americans who believe in astrology have been reading the wrong horoscopes all of their lives.  Some professional astrologers claim they have always known this, but their followers certainly have not (Belinda Luscombe, “Zodiac Switcheroo,” Time, January 31, 2011 as quoted by Bob Prichard, Oxford, Alabama, House to House, vol. 31, March 24, 2011).
In Job 31:24-28, Job remarks, “If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; If I beheld the sun when it shined or the moon walking in brightness; And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.”
First, Job refused to trust in gold.  Riches are uncertain and temporal.  Second, he refused to trust in false gods.  False gods are worse than gold.  False gods are nothing whereas, with gold, at least you have the power to purchase something.  Job refuses to trust in either because that misplaced trust would amount to a denial of the one, true, and living God.  Job affirms an uncompromising monotheism.
The sun, moon and stars are not to be worshipped.  They do not shape one’s personality or determine any aspect of one’s life.  But, trust in God relies upon God’s wisdom to guide and lead us to become all that God desires for us to be.  God can and will shape our character and our future.