Well, it is the season for “things that go bump in the night”. Whether you like Halloween or not it is difficult to avoid it. All the stores are full of Halloween decorations and scary movies are the norm in movie theaters and on TV during the month of October.
Two of my grandsons told me they wanted to dress as zombies for Halloween…what happened to super heroes? My 3 year old grandson on the other hand said he wanted to be a “little boy” for Halloween – or in other words… just who he is. I think he has the right idea!
All of the Halloween hoopla got me to thinking about what kinds of “things go bump in the night” in a spiritual sense.
Sometimes the things that “go bump in the night” are things of our own making .We make rebellious choices and then act surprised when we find ourselves in a mess…scared to death not knowing what to do or where to turn.
But we aren’t alone in our disobedience are we? – remember Adam & Eve? They weren’t hiding under the covers but they were hiding in the garden.
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:8-10
Being rebellious or disobedient results in broken fellowship with God and breaking fellowship with the Lord is a scary place to be. But, like the monster under the bed, once we face it, confess it and give it the Lord we can move from fear to victory.
Other things that often “go bump in the night” are the things that are bigger than we are…a financial crisis, a job loss, a wayward child or a health crisis…things over which we have no control.
These burdens are so heavy that we often feel that we cannot bear them. They look like a monster in the dark with fangs looming over us and as a result we feel tiny & helpless.
David was familiar with things bigger that he was – namely a giant named Goliath who sent shivers through the big strong men of the Israelite army. But, David knew the key to standing against the giant.
“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, who you have defied….All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Sam. 17:45, 47
Like David let’s remember whatever our challenge the battle is the Lord’s and He is faithful.
Or, our “bump in the night” may be things we don’t understand. In a way these are the scariest because it is hard to deal with those things we don’t know how to process or to see in a tangible way…a betrayal, a divorce, the death of a child.
We could learn from Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Luke 1. The angel came to her and told her that she was chosen to carry the Christ-child. Certainly Mary had reason to be afraid. She didn’t understand what was happening – a virgin, not married, facing the possibility of becoming a social outcast?
“And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favor with God.” Luke 1:29,30
How did Mary respond to her fear? – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38
When we don’t understand, we must trust who God is…loving, merciful, and full of grace.
There are always going to be “things that go bump in the night” – things that are going to frighten us and make us afraid…even as Christians. Fear is an emotion that we have built in us as humans but we need not let fear overtake us.
Psalm 56:3 says, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”
It’s not that we have fear but what do we do with that fear that is important. We can tremble with the sheets over our head or face our fears and trust God to see us through it.
We might still feel afraid, but we can choose to claim God’s promise that He is with us. We may not be in control, but we can trust the One who is. We may not know the future, but we can know the God who does.
Truth to Claim: God is with us when we feel afraid and we can trust Him to help us overcome our fear.
Practical Application: When feeling fearful remember that God is with you, He is in control and He will work all things for your good.
Solo Deo Gloria