Fear of Man
Proverbs 29:25 says that the “fear of man will prove to be a snare.” Unfortunately, this is a trap that catches us often. While it may be hard to resist, the Bible tells us that a life constrained by the fear of what people will think of you or may do to you, is a life destined for compromise and defeat (1Pt.3:14). Instead, the Bible consistently calls the righteous to be “as bold as a lion” (Prov.28:1). Vanquishing the fear of man can only be attained by having a proper and healthy fear of God. Jesus told us that if our fear of God is what it ought to be, we won't fear what people can do to us even if they were to take all that we have (Mt.10:28). God is our ultimate authority. He is the One to whom we will answer. In the long run, pleasing him is all that really matters. Set your sights on living for an audience of One and you will find that you’re avoiding the pain and encumbrance of Proverbs 29:25.
I am so glad that God is better at keeping His promises than the rest of us! Take, for instance, all the goals we make for the year ahead. We go out and buy gym memberships and how-to guides, determined to make progress on some positive habits. Unfortunately, many of those good intentions fall to the wayside within a few weeks or even days.
But not with God. What He says, He will do. We can trust that His Word and His promises will hold true throughout eternity. In The Promises of Grace, author Bryan Chapell provides an encouraging look at the promises we can expect God to fulfill in our lives—promises like the assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, and perseverance in trial. Let us know you’d like a copy of this book when you contact us with your donation.
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