Wednesday, 29 April 2020
25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. (ESV)
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety. (NLT)
Do we care so much of what others think of us or can do to us rather than GOD? Actually when we try to protect ourselves with the wisdom that leaves GOD out of the picture, it will be a dangerous trap to us. We can be pushed or fall into sin by fearing man rather than fearing GOD. When we allow man to affect our decisions that actually according to the guidance of GOD, we will be tempted to compromise.
Fearing man will definitely conflict with fearing God. We would be concerned about pleasing people in order to gain their agreements, friendship, and favors. When we can be intimidated by people’s disapproval or rejection, we will do what we could to gain their approval and acceptance. We care more of others’ opinions, agreements, or popular trends instead of submitting our lives according to the teaching and guidance of the Scripture, and we will walk ourselves into a dangerous trap. We, however, should put our trust in God and His WORD to guide us, and we will be safe – whoever trust in the LORD is safe.
In the bible we learned that; because of the fear that Aaron had for the people of Israel that they might kill him, he allowed them to make the golden calf while Moses went up to Mount Sinai (Ex 32:22-24). Because of Herod’s fear of people in order to maintain his popularity and power, he killed John (Matt 6:6-11). Pilate feared of the people that might affect his political position, he surrendered Jesus to be prosecuted (John 19:11-16). Because of Peter’s fear of being judged by men about his association with Jesus, he denied his own Master (Matt 26:69-75) and, furthermore, because of his fear to be judged by fellow Jews about his association with the gentiles, Peter almost compromised the Gospel (Gal 2:11-13).
On the other hand, we also learned that; David did not let his brothers’ defeated discouragement and fear get into him nor he feared of Goliath (I Sam 17:28-50). Daniel’s friends did not fear men even with the threat of being thrown into fiery furnace (Dan 3:16-18). Daniel did not fear men even with the threat of being thrown into the lions’ den (Dan 6:10). John the Baptist did not fear man that he rebuked Herod’s sins to the point he was killed by doing so. Yet Jesus called him the greatest amount those born of women (Luke 3:19, Matt 6:6-11, Luke 7:28). Steven did not fear man speaking out the truth before high priest, even though he was stoned to death. Yet he saw Jesus came to receive him (Luke 7). After witnessing the ascension of Christ, Peter and all the apostles did not fear man, but boldly proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and surrendered their lives for the sake of the Gospel (ACTS).
We should obedient to GOD instructions and guidance instead of being fearful of man and compromise ourselves. We should never fear man and keep ourselves from speaking out for Christ and share HIS Gospel. When holy boldness is needed, and if we trust Christ, holy boldness will be given.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)
(Revelation 21:7-8) – All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
(Matthew 10:28) – And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
We should put our trust in God and His WORD to guide us, and we will be safe – whoever trust in the LORD is safe.
We confess, if we have gone astray from Your commandments because the fear of man. Please forgive us O-Lord! Dear Lord Jesus, Your Word says, “Let not our heart be troubled neither let it be afraid. Therefore, we come to You to pray and ask for boldness and for the strength to overcome the fear of man. We cast all our fear and worries concerning whatever issues and problems in life caused by men that stand as a giant against us on to You. We trust that You will help us because You cares for us (1Peter 5:7). We praise You O-Lord for being with us even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We know that You are with us and Your rod will comfort us. We will not fear what man can say, reject, or against us when we choose to walk righteous before You. You are our light and our salvation. O-Lord Jesus, Your Name is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and they are safe. In Your protection, You have taught us to observe Your commands and hold on to Your promises that You will be never forsake us. Therefore, in trusting You, we are safe. We praise You and forever our heart rejoice with gladness!
We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Ps. Wallace Ong
所以弟兄们、我以 神的慈悲劝你们、将身体献上、当作活祭、是圣洁的、是 神所喜悦的．你们如此事奉、乃是理所当然的。不要效法这个世界．只要心意更新而变化、叫你们察验何为 神的善良、纯全可喜悦的旨意。（罗马书12：1-2）