This weekend and Monday are filled with the Halloween theme. Stores began putting up their spooky displays earlier this summer in hopes of selling much candy and costumes. There is a "innocent" side to this holiday that many take part in, but if you delve deeper into the history behind All Hallows' Eve this innocence is put on the back burner. Click here to read more about its origins and superstitions from the History Channel (I do not endorse the entire contents of this site, but they do give a good historical account of Halloween). This yearly celebration is best noted with ghosts, gobblins, vampires, witches, and other scary creatures. Yet in our personal lives this is not the only fearful event we encounter.
Other things that may cause us to worry or fear are financial burdens, physical illness, uncertainty of the future, relationship problems; I'm sure that you could fill in the ___________ with your own distress. We all have times in our lives when we tend to stress out, but Psalm 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light, and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" This one verse gives us three reasons in Christ that we needn't fear any circumstance.
First, Jesus Christ is our light. Even in times of darkness (uncertainty) we can believe the His promise in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth after me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Second, He is our salvation. We have another reason to fear not because, Jesus conquerored death, hell, and the grave to save our souls and take us to heaven if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. Psalm 18: 35 declares, "Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great."
Third, Jesus Christ is our strength. Just as the children's chorus chimes when we are weak He is strong, yes, Jesus loves me. We can be confident that when we are crippled with fear or "weak in the knees" He will be our strength. For the Israelites are a great example of this in Exodus 13:14b "By strength of the hand of the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage.
"Where ever I go God is with me. Where ever I am He is there! I'm never alone He won't forget me! I'm never afraid; I know He cares." ~Kids chorus
So even if you get 1,000 scary looking tricker-treaters at your door Monday night or if you are chased by one, just remember: FEAR NOT!