“Why are you afraid of the Dark?”

is the 9th track off of Children 18:3’s 2012 release On the Run. It’s a song that really spoke to me at a point in my life when I was facing a lot of uncertainty and had to make a decision that one way or another would change my life. The song basically asks the listener the question “Why are you afraid?”, which is a simple question yet one that believers struggle to answer everyday. Why? Simply put, many of us never really give our lives to God. Because in a world where we’re told to follow the definite path, faith in God and trusting in Him when life gets tough just doesn’t have a place. In my own life I’ve witnessed time and time again ,people who would preach and preach the Gospel and who always would talk about the many times in the Bible when God always came through, but when push came to shove would tell me to stick with the “norm”. These people in a roundabout way were telling me “hey, look these stories are nice but God doesn’t work this way anymore”. Which makes me wonder, when did God stop working miraculously? The answer to that is NEVER. A further look into the subject however does reveal a difference between that time and now, not in God’s approach, but in human’s approach. It’s the quality of faith that’s put into God. A great example is the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. As you’ll recall King Nebuchadnezzar had built a huge statue of himself and ordered everyone to bow down to it when the trumpets were sounded and to worship it. When the trumpets sounded everyone bowed except for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. When word got back to Nebuchadnezzar , about this, he wasn’t too happy. Nebuchadnezzar then called Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to come before him and he explained to them that if they didn’t bow down and worship the statue that he would throw them into the flaming furnace (needless to say he was very to the point). So now the choice was Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s to make and without hesitation this is the response they gave “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” We all know the rest of the story, they were thrown into the furnace, they didn’t burn, and a fourth figure (many have argued it was God himself) appeared in the furnace. However the ending is not what makes Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego fearless, it’s the fact that they realized they could just as easily been burned alive yet still they weren’t going to back down.

So the question you have to ask yourself is, “Why are you afraid?”. If you really believe in an almighty God, who’s never made a mistake, is there really any reason to fear the unknown?

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Happy, Happy, Happy

That’s the quote from Mr. Duck Commander himself, Phil Robertson. When Phil was asked what the catchphrase meant he responded “Before I got converted to Christianity there wasn’t too much happiness around, but then after I got saved I looked around and realized the joy I had and the only way I could explain it was ‘Happy, Happy, Happy’”. As I thought about the quote, it started to make more and more sense, especially when you realize just how blessed we are to have a Savior and how much He blesses us. I could post paragraph after paragraph about the happiness that has came from blessings God has given me, but personally I don’t think the good times are where true joy is shown. It’s the smile in the middle of devastation, it’s the laugh you let out when everything, all day has gone wrong, it’s the happiness you still have when the closest person to you stabs you in the back.

In a Christian’s life, we are plagued by many bad things. It’s pretty safe to say that everyone will go through at least one bad relationship, one bad job, one betrayal from a friend, one health ailment, one disagreement with a government official (it might be safe to say “10”), one moment when we look in the mirror and think “Gahhhh why couldn’t I have been born with a different ____?!?!”. Bad times are going to come, just like good times are, it’s just a fact of life, but there’s no reason to freak out and assume our world is crashing down. James 1:2-4 says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James is literally telling us to be joyful when disaster strikes (note there isn’t any mention of spamming facebook with “woe is me” posts) and that we should be aware that through these trials, we will be bettered because of them. 1 Peter 1:4 says “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed” this speaks volumes , to me, on two accounts. First it reminds us that Christ Himself suffered, whether it was His best friends deserting Him or being putting to death for literally doing nothing wrong, Christ had it pretty rough, secondly it shows that there is purpose for the trial. Now we may figure out the point right off the bat, or we may go our whole life without knowing the purpose, but there is a purpose nonetheless!

In a world where there are many uncertainties, we can be certain that these uncertainties are best faced with a trust in God and a happiness in our heart.