1 Peter 4:18 – If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? (NIV)
When the practice of Hallowe'en is upon us, I am bothered by the activities of the day. It just rubs my spiritual health the wrong way. I have seen the dark side of that day and night. For many, the scarier the decorations for the day the better! The more fearful the sights and the outfits to wear — that is the thing to do. For some, violence and property damage seem to be the aim.
Since many activities seem to be harmless fun, no one really wants to admit that Satan is behind this all. In short, the darkness blinds many to think and act in devilish ways. They have no fear for the evil instilled in them by the enemy of our souls. At the same time, they show no fear of God, to Whom our reverence and respect should be given, knowing His love and His desire for our spiritual health and salvation all year long. Hallowe'en is one of the devil's prime works to deceive many who act it out in all their lives.
So, when I walked into an early "Hallowe'en" party in a city park that was organized by the city churches in the bright sunlight of the day, I was surprised, and pleasantly so. There was no fear or scare around, as was evident in the smiles of the children happily collecting the treats. It was a happy day with games and rides with appropriate music. It was safe for all to enjoy an outing in the light instead of in the darkness of the night. It was healthy and innocent entertainment put on by the organizers, who looked for the good of all.
I was pleased that the Lord ordered my steps into the crowd to hand out gospel tracts — Help from Above. The children opened their bags for me to drop the tracts in there, only I ran out of them. I could have given out many more. I saw disappointed faces before me. It was a setback that I will not forget!
One of the people that I met was a fellow who told me that he had been a bad boy and was put in jail, but he found Jesus in there — or Jesus found him! Either way, his joy was about being "justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:24 NIV)
It was a joy to me to think how blessed a life in Jesus can be. The benefits are great: an uplifting lifestyle with God, and His gifts of forgiveness of sin, a relationship with Him, and eternal life.
- May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.
– Kate B. Wilkinson
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for redeeming us from the world, the flesh, and the devil, and for taking our sin upon You to the cross. Thank You for Your help from above. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.