Are You Afraid of the Dark?

14/365 Days of Blogging

I heard a story once about a young boy whose mother asked him to go out on the porch to get her the broom.  It was dark on the porch and he didn’t want to go out in the dark because he was scared.  His mother said to him “You don’t have to be afraid of the dark honey, Jesus is out there to protect you.”  The little boy asked his mother “really?”  She replied “Of course, Jesus is with us at all times, even in the dark.”  The little boy slowly walked to the door and peered into the darkness.  He stuck his head out and said “Jesus…are you out there?  If you are out there will you please bring in the broom.”

Cute story but the reality of it is that we ARE afraid of the dark.  The kind of dark I am talking about is not where there is no light.  The dark I am speaking of is the fear of the unknown.

1 John 1:5  says  “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.  Darkness represents what is sinful and evil.   The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that he alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin.  Light is also related to truth in that light exposes whatever exists, whether it is good or bad.  in the dark, good and evil look-alike; in the light, they can be clearly seen for what they are.

Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of our Holy God.  If we want to have a relationship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways of living.  To claim that we belong to him but then to go out and live for ourselves is being a hypocrite.   You cannot walk with God while holding satan’s hand.

Psalm 27:1  “The Lord is my light and my salvation;  Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; Of Whom shall I be afraid?”

Fear is like a dark shadow that envelops us and hold us prisoner within sin.  Each one of us, I am sure, has been in our own prison of fear at one time in our lives.  Fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even dealing with death.  But we can conquer fear by using the bright light of the Lord who brings salvation to us through His son’s death on the cross.  If we want to get rid of the darkness of fear, we must remember what David says in the beginning of this psalm.

The next time you feel afraid of the dark, or find yourself walking in sin…pray that God will take your fear away.  Ask God to provide the light so that you may see the sin in your life, repent, and turn your face towards God and begin a new journey with Him as Lord and Savior of your life.

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