Are you afraid of the dark? Everybody gets scared sometimes. But when we learn more about Jesus, the Light of the World, the things that frighten us begin to look less scary. We can learn to glow in the dark with the brightness that Jesus brings.
“[Jesus] said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12b (NIV)
Worry-Warts – When we get anxious over things we can’t control, God wants us to remember how pointless that is. We need to trust him with our worries. That’s when we’ll see his light through the fog of anxiety. Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus’ teachings about worry.
Storms, Spiders, and Scary Movies – When we’re in the middle of a scary situation, it helps to remember that Jesus also had scary times in his life. However, since he trusted God, he wasn’t afraid! Jesus knew that God’s sunlight always returns after life’s storms. Luke 8:22-25, Jesus calms a storm.
Moving On After Messing Up – Most people are afraid of failure. But we can bounce back from problems—even problems that we created—when we remember that Jesus loves us, no matter what. His love is a bright light of courage shining into our darkest fears. John 18:15-18, 25-27; and 21:15-17; Peter denies Jesus and is restored to ministry.
Loneliness – Everybody wants to have a friend. It can be scary to feel like you're all alone. Jesus wants to be a friend to everyone, and he wants us to show that love to others too, so they won't feel alone. Not only does Jesus not want us to be alone on earth, but he wants to be our friend forever. John 14:1-7, Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven.