Day 29 of 31 Days of Wisdom
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25
Who do you fear? Really think about that for a second. Whose opinion matters so much to you that it would cause you to ignore your conscience? Who are you afraid to disappoint? Is there anyone you would compromise your values for in order to gain or keep their acceptance? These are all different ways of asking the first question I asked: “who do you fear?”
A snare is a device used to trap you. Fearing someone is like a noose lying on the ground waiting for you to step into it so it can tighten up and hang you. That’s pretty graphic but it is the picture that verse 25 is painting.
Jesus demonstrated reverence and honor for all people but He never allowed their opinions of Him to determine the course of His life. As such, He lived free of man. How was He able to do this? He understood who He was, where He came from, and where He was going. He never looked at anyone as His source of protection, provision, or happiness. Yet He honored and cared for all people. If we keep a balance of honoring people and caring about the things that concern them, but never to the extent of making their opinions of us our ultimate concern, we can walk free of fear.
So consider the things you do. Are they just to please people? Are you authentic, living truly from your heart or is your life a hodgepodge of people’s expectations of you? If you are authentic (caring about the feelings of others, but caring more about God’s opinions and expectations of you), you will be living free. The easiest way to live free from fear is to fear the One who makes you free. God is the source of everything you need. Never look at man, a job, or a relationship as your source. If we make that mistake it will bring a snare. But if we remind ourselves who our source is and trust Him, just as the latter part of verse 25 states, we will dwell in safety.