Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. – Proverbs 29:25
I tend to be a worrier. This normally immediately follows elongated times of scrolling through my various social media apps on my phone. The nations of men, the powers at be, have throughout all of history tried to silence or extinguish the message of the gospel. As our country’s culture shifts and begins to push Christians to the outside of the public square, it’s easy to become fearful of men.
Fear can freeze us up. Fear can keep us from boldly walking out our faith day to day. Being fearful of mankind is ultimately a snare that binds us, preventing us from living our lives to the fullest. Whether it’s fear of repercussions or condemnation in general, we can allow our voice for Christ to be silenced.
This proverb brings great hope and joy however. It reminds us that if we trust in the Lord of all creation, we are kept safe. This doesn’t mean that we won’t face trials, tribulation, or pain. Rather, it is a reminder that the Lord watches over us because we are His beloved children. It is a reminder that no matter what happens to us, we can rest in the reality that it is all for our ultimate good and the Lord’s glory.
Jesus tells us in the book of Matthew not to fear mankind, but to have a fear of God instead (Matthew 10:28). Paul reminds us in the book of Philippians that to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). When we have eternal glory waiting for us with Christ, there is no need to fear man. Paul regarded his trials and pains and intense physical sufferings to be but momentary affliction in light of the wondrous gift of eternal life. We too should not allow the fear of man to become a snare in our lives that prevents us from boldly walking out our relationship with Christ in ordinary, day to day moments.
Be not afraid of man.
Trust in the Lord.
He is worthy of that trust.
Father God, thank you for having my ultimate good in mind. Thank you for the wondrous gift of grace that you’ve bestowed upon me through the sacrifice of Christ. Help me to trust your heart, even when I cannot see your hand in my life. Help me to avoid the snare of the fear of man. As I walk with you daily, give me opportunities to put this wisdom into practice. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Nathan Roach