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Afraid of the Dark
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As a kid I was very afraid of the dark. I always thought that monsters and wild animals were waiting under my bed to nip of my heels or that shadowy thieves were standing just outside my bedroom window trying to break in.

Of course, many kids have the same fears and when we get scared we call out to our moms and dads for help and reassurance. They come into our bedrooms and turn on the lights and show us that there are no monsters in the closet or under the bed, and they assure us that our windows are fastened shut and that no thieves can get in. They pray with us for God to keep us safe through the night; they tuck us in and say goodnight. That always helped me a lot, but there was still that faint fear in the back of my head that said “but what if”. What if the monsters come and the thieves break in? What will I do then?

As we grow up and get older our lives become more complex and more fears and worries creep in. How will I pay the rent? How can I afford those new car tires? Will I ever find a job? The stress and fear of the unknown seem to drown us in a never-ending lake. But it doesn't have to be this way. Yes, we'll still get stress and suffer fears, but we have a hope and a light that can help us through those daunting times. Jesus!

Alleviate Our Fears

Just as my parents prayed with me when I was young to keep me safe through the night and to keep the monsters at bay, we can have the assurance that God is there with us through every step that we take. Through the good times, the sad and especially the fearful. If we pray to Him for help and reassurance, He sends angels from heaven to surround us in a special way, to keep us safe and to alleviate our fears.

The Bible says, “The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm” (Zephaniah 3:15).

Isn't it nice to know that we have a loving God that is there for us when we need Him the most!

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