I’m afraid of the dark. What can I do?

Here's the answer:

God is always with you, even though you can’t see or hear or feel Him. Trust God anytime you start to be afraid of the dark, and pray for His help.

First John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love. Instead, perfect love [which is God’s love] drives away fear. That’s because fear has to do with being punished. The one who fears does not have perfect love." But sometimes we all forget to trust God like we should, and God understands our weakness. He encourages us many times in the Bible, to help us remember His love and that we can always trust Him!

For example, the Bible often reminds us to "Fear not." In Isaiah 41:10, God says, "So do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. I will hold you safe in my hands. I always do what is right." In Matthew 10:31, Jesus explains that we are more important to God than the birds. God takes very good care of the birds, but He promises to take even better care of us!

If you are feeling afraid of the dark when you are about to go to bed, read God’s promises in the Bible or stories about people who faced hard times. You can also listen to songs that talk about God’s love. You can even fall asleep to a playlist of your favorite encouraging songs. Pray to God and ask for His peace as you sleep. Talk to him about anything that is worrying you. (By the way, praying to God about your worries is the best thing you can do whenever something starts to bother you, day or night!)

Memorize some verses that will help you remember God is the one taking care of you. Then you can recite those verses whenever you feel afraid of the dark. Here are some you can try:

Bible Truth

"The LORD is my light, and he saves me. Why should I fear anyone? The LORD is my place of safety. Why should I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1).

"When I’m afraid, I put my trust in you. I trust in God. I praise his word. I trust in God. I am not afraid. What can mere people do to me?" (Psalm 56:3-4).

"Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood" (Philippians 4:6-7).