It’s a fact that we are most afraid at night time. Children are often afraid of the dark and need a bit of light in their bedrooms.
One boy we know, who lives in Afrika, woke up suddenly one night feeling very scared because he heard a bumping noise on the floor. The thumping came from a herd of elephants running close to the village. The boy thought his house would be destroyed and that he would be trampled to death. But neither of these things actually happened.
A lot of children are scared at night when they hear a thunderstorm and see the lighting through their bedroom window. Others are afraid because they think there is another person or some kind of monster in the room that wants to hurt them.
In the Bible, the first person to be afraid was Adam who was scared of admitting he had not obeyed God, and didn’t want to face his punishment. Instead, he hid when, that evening, God called to him in the garden of Eden.
In Egypt, when God wanted to rescue his people (the Israelites), there was darkness for three days. Imagine just how terrified the people were! No light, no heat. Just a thick darkness which meant they could see nothing. God was showing them that He is the light which makes life possible.
At night-time, we can’t see very well with our eyes, so we imagine all sorts of dangers.
Some people switch the light on when they hear even a tiny noise, and check whether there is any danger somewhere under the bed or in the wardrobe. Light makes us feel safe. It makes sense, because God gave us eyes to see.
When Jesus came to earth, to Israel, he said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”Gospel of John, chapter 8, verse 12.
If you are afraid at night, you can call someone you know – a brother or a sister or a parent – who will come and make you feel better. You’re no longer alone!
In the Bible, you can also read, “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.”Psalm 91:5 and, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”Psalm 4:8
So be encouraged, Jesus looks after all those who have chosen Him to keep them safe and are, therefore, “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness”1 Thessalonians 5:5
God’s Spirit will make you stronger than any fear. Not just at night, but during the day as well.
In the last book of the Bible, Revelation 22:5, God tells us that, one day, as he promised, “… there will be no night there – no need for lamps or sun – for the Lord God will shine on them.” .
There will be no more thieves, no crime, no evil spirits, no badness, no more tears…no more fear!