Psychologists tell us that fear of the dark is one of the most common fears or phobias among children. Even adults can struggle with it. Fear of the dark is usually not fear of the darkness itself, but fear of what might be hiding in the dark. Like the boogeyman in the closet, or the monster under the bed, or the mugger down the dark alley.
I think we could call it fear of the unknown. And there are a lot of unknowns out there right now as we stand upon the threshold of 2013. Things like tax increases, the fiscal cliff, the rising price of food and gasoline, the implementation of Obamacare, increasing tensions in the middle-east; it’s enough to make an insomniac out of Rip Van Winkle!
Ok, so the world is a dark and scary place and it’s just getting darker and scarier. Just remember that as a Child of God you are in the world but you are not of it! While the Egyptians were enduring the plague of darkness that was so dark it could be felt, the Children of Israel were basking in the light (Genesis 10:21-23). That’s how it is for the Children of God! While the world is bathed in darkness and fear, you can walk in light and faith. Hallelujah!
Yes, there are a lot of unknowns out there. But Job 23:10 promises that God, “knows the way that I take.” The God you serve today was there in all your yesterdays, and has already been in all your tomorrows. Don’t worry. He can take care of you!
Pastor Todd Weston