There's No Need to Fear People
Posted: Tuesday, December 13
Verse of the day:
Fear of man will prove to be a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)
Whatever we fear will determine the limits of our freedom. If you are afraid of heights you’ll avoid airplanes or drives on curvy mountain roads. If you’re afraid of needles you’ll avoid getting a flu shot. If you fear enclosed places perhaps you’ll avoid elevators or caves. If you fear trying new foods you’ll have a small food universe (that’s me).
What you fear determines the limits of your freedom. Nowhere is this more true or more impacting than fearing people. What does this fear look like? Here are some signs…
Do you have a hard time saying ‘no’ even when it would be wise to do so? Then you may fear man by being a people pleaser.
Do you avoid confessing certain sins to friends because you’re afraid of accountability or what they’ll think of you?
Are you focused on the image you’re presenting on social media? Are you obsessed with whether people like your tweet, status or picture?
Do you ever tell small lies to make yourself look better.
Do you avoid reaching out to new people because you’re unsure of how they’ll respond?
Have you stopped sharing your faith because you don’t want to be rejected?
All of these are ways the fear of man shows up in our lives. In each case our freedom is limited and it is simply a snare or trap.
What is the remedy? Solomon tells us to trust in the Lord. Know scripture and be confident that it will always be proved right. Consider the limited perspective of people compared to the knowledge of our all-knowing God. Be willing to go against the tide of culture, even when it is not the popular thing to do. As always Jesus sets the ultimate example for us. He lived his life on a mission from His father and stayed faithful to that call despite immense persecution. And He changed the world.