(Proverbs 3:24 KJV) When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
How often do we hear a noise in the dark and we are terrified. I think of how I used to be “afraid” (6342) of the dark. The word has the sense of dread. How often do we lose sleep because we are worrying or dreading what is to come. Too often the fear that keeps us awake is not fear of the dark night but the unknown future.
I wonder when I stopped being afraid of the dark. Was it just maturing or did its timing have something to do with my regeneration and learning to trust. Except for worrying about stubbing my toe, I have no concerns about walking through the house in the dark. I don’t stay awake wondering about the monsters under my bed or in the closet. Even the noises of a creaking house are just the background noise of life. It is good to grow up, physically and spiritually.
Not fearing the future is a work in progress. Most of the time I am doing well. At times I forget Who is in charge of the valley of the shadow of death. I need to be reminded.
So? Make sure that your assurance is in Jesus. For most of us that is something we need a constant reminder of. I am reminding you.