The Number 13 – Psalm 81:9
Recently we had a Friday the 13th and I found out something I didn’t know. There is actually a name for those who have a fear of it: paraskevidekatriaphobia. I can’t pronounce it but it seems that there are multitudes plagued by it.
For many people, this day affects decisions such as whether or not to leave the house, whether to schedule surgery or buy and sell stocks. In the article I read, a doctor commented that as long as people are not incapacitated by the phobia, there is no harm in it. I disagree with that. I think there is much harm.
Fear of Friday the 13th is only one small example of a whole parcel of superstitions entrapping millions of people all over the world. What is at the root of superstition? Ultimately, isn’t it lack of trust in God? After all, who is really in charge? Almighty God who sits on the throne or: a black cat, a broken mirror, a date and day, a stone or charm, a certain ritual, a knock on wood?
Superstitions replace the true God with false ones and the Bible says: “Let there be no strange god among you; nor shall you worship any foreign god” (Psalm 81:9). Rather than embrace strange gods remember; “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a joke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
If by any chance you have fallen for superstitions of any kind, discard them and trust in God only. Next time the 13th of the month falls on a Friday think this way: thirteen is the number after twelve and Friday is the day after Thursday and God is on His throne. Count on it!