Jane bit her lip as one of her friends delivered the punchline of another scary story. Everyone screamed. Jane jumped out of her bedsheets. The fear was thrilling, and that’s what she liked about nights like these.
“Hey girls,” she sighed at last, “it’s getting late. Why don’t we go to sleep now.”
They all murmured in agreement and settled under the covers. The room grew silent, and frightening images filled her mind. Jane refused to move a muscle. She was too terrified to close her eyes.
What does God think about Jane listening to these ghost stories?
Does He approve? …Disapprove? Is He mad at her? Let me put the question another way: These scary stories; are they the best that God has for Jane? In fact, this is the perfect place to stop and remember an important truth.
God wants the best for us.
If you don’t believe in the work of His Son, Jesus, He wants you to know the truth, to believe and to be saved:
This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
– 1 Timothy 2:4-5
In context, the writer is encouraging his readers to pray for all people because… God wants them saved.
And, if you do believe in the work of His Son, Jesus, He wants you to be rooted and established in love:
[…] And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
– Ephesians 3:17-19
That’s a lot of love-talk, especially for a blog post about ghost stories. In fact, that’s just the point I was coming to:
Fear and love have nothing to do with each other
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
– 1 John 4:18
God doesn’t want you to be rooted and established in fear. If you are God’s child, He wants you to be rooted and established in love. And if you are not His child, He wants you to become one and then be rooted and established in love.
So let me ask the question again? What does God think about Jane (or anyone!) listening to ghost stories?
How would you answer?
- If you could connect the final dots and sum up the blog post, what would you say?
- What would you tell Jane if you met her in town?
- Jane found the fear thrilling. Can you relate? How can you get a thrill without forfeiting God’s best for you?