Are you afraid of the dark?


We see losing the fear of the dark often found in youngsters, as a good thing. We see it as part of becoming a mature adult. Losing an unhealthy fear of the dark is certainly a good thing.

But, at the same time, we should beware to not lose sight of the effects of darkness.

Those effects are very real indeed. Darkness is nothing to be trifled with, especially spiritual darkness.


Darkness, understood biblically, is where the hidden things of evil have the freedom to thrive. Darkness is the enemy of the Light of God. Darkness is the strategy of evil to ensnare the unsuspecting.


It is easy to underestimate the power of darkness. It’s easy to accommodate darkness. It is easy to stumble into darkness. You see, as the light dims,  our eyes slowly adjust.

As Christians, we need to do periodic evaluations of our own lives to make sure that the level of light stays bright. Have you taken a good look at your life lately? Are you intentionally walking in the light? John gives us a wake-up call. He gives us a challenge to turn on the light and take a good look at ourselves in the clarity of that light. Let’s, in the Light of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, listen a powerful Word for us today:


God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

(1 John 1:5-7)