Daily Devotional

"For you light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness." - Psalm 18:28

No Need To Be Afraid

The fear of the dark is a common fear among children and, to a varying degree, of adults. Fear of the dark is usually not fear of the darkness itself, but fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by darkness. Here’s an example:

She had been driven crazy by her energetic children and just needed to get away, if even for just a moment. She ran upstairs to her daughter’s bedroom and closed the closet door behind her. And there, in the solitude of the closet she cleansed her mind by letting out a long, loud scream. She immediately felt better and opened the door to leave. Blocking her exit, with eyes the size of saucers, were her three children. Her four-year-old daughter spoke first: “Mommy, I told you there were monsters in there.”

While that is a humorous moment, the truth is, children and adults fear the dark, the unknown, for the same reason: our fears are intensified when we cannot see what is really before us. Listen to these words from the Psalmist: “Where can I go from Your spirit? Where can I flee Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there. If I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”

Like a loving father, God promises us He’ll always be with us. He’s there to offer us His hand in life’s darkest hours. He’ll carry us through the darkness and lead us where we need to go. He’ll always be with us. Never be afraid, for He is always there.

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