8/27 Proverbs 29:25

25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

Fear of man can paralyze a person. It can shut our mouths when we would speak. It can cause us not to act when God requires us to take action. It is a trap to keep us from doing God's will and being effectively used to advance His kingdom. When the Lord sends us, we should not fear man. The psalmist told us that when the Lord is on our side, we should not fear. What can man do to us (Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6)? Whatever man does is allowed by God and in the final analysis will be for our good.

The fear of man sometimes causes us to take unnecessary precautions. The fear is a trap, but the fearful might set traps to protect themselves. The problem is that traps don't always catch the intended person. If you know you are in the Lord's will, proceed with boldness and confidence in God. He is more than able to see you through whatever comes. Faith in Him is a witness of the truth of your message (Philippians 1:28).

The opposition may harm your body, but these people can't touch your soul. To be safe does not mean escaping physical harm. If that were the case there wouldn't be a single martyr, and the heroes of Hebrews 11 would never have been victorious in the face of difficulties. Safety is your soul secure in God as you continue to place your faith in Him regardless of what comes your way. It is confidence in the power and wisdom of God who is directing you without fearing any human opposition. The righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1).

Prayer: LORD, help me to trust your wisdom and power. Free me from the fear of man. When I am acting at your direction, give me holy boldness that testifies of the faith You have given me.