ARE YOU AFRAID BY NIGHT OR BY DAY?
by Wayne S. Walker
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day” (Psalm 91:5). It seems to be a rather common phenomenon for some children to be afraid of the dark. When I was still quite young, I can recall not being able to sleep unless there was some kind of light coming into my bedroom. We did not have a night light, but I left the curtains of my window open to allow moonlight or the security light on the garage to shine in the room. However, as I grew older, I found that such light would either keep me awake or if I awoke make it difficult to get back to sleep, so I came to prefer no light at all for sleeping. The darker, the better.
In one sense, there is good reason to be, if not actually afraid, at least very careful at night, because those who are going to commit crimes usually prefer the cover of darkness for their evil deeds. “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19-20). However, dangerous situations are not limited to night. The arrows of the wicked, whether literal or figurative, often come by day as well (Psalm 57:4).
However, those who trust in God have nothing to fear whether from terrors by night or arrows by day. Oh, men may try to kill us, and sometimes may even succeed, but they can kill only the body not the soul (Matthew 10:28). Therefore, we should not fear what man can do to us because we know that the Lord is our helper and will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6). As John Edmeston, author of “Savior, Breathe an Evening Blessing,” put it, “Though destruction walk around us, Though the arrows past us fly, Angel guards from Thee surround us; We are safe if Thou art night. Though the night be dark and dreary, Darkness cannot hide from Thee; Thou art He who, never weary, Watchest where Thy people be.” Whether by day or night, the Christian can put his trust in the Lord and have nothing to fear.