Book: Proverbs 29
“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”
Fearing people makes us do things we shouldn’t do often causing much future pain for ourselves and others. In Genesis both Abraham and his son, told the people around them that their wives were their sisters. When the people found out they were not pleased. (You can read these stories in Genesis 20 & 26). Peter in Matthew 26 denies Jesus because he feared those around him even though Jesus had predicted Peter would. The result was it says, “and he went away, weeping bitterly.”
I am thankful for other stories like Daniel and his friends who chose not to fear people but trust the Lord. God was able to do incredible things through them. In the first chapter of Daniel, the four of them arranged not to eat the unacceptable food but be tested to see the results of a vegetables and water diet. The results, “At the end of ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the other young men who had eaten the food assigned by the king… God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meaning of visions and dreams.” Daniel 1:15,17.
You also know the story’s of the Fiery Furnace and the Lions Den. In both of these occasions, obeying and trusting God for safety was more important than fearing people. Was it easy for Daniel and his friends? Probably not but they were not trusting on their own ability. They knew God had to show up if they were to survive and He did.
There is this verse in Isaiah 51 that puts things into perspective when God is in the equation. He says in verse 12: “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like grass and disappear?”
In decisions we make are we going to fear people or God? Are we going to fear people who have limited power and will dry up and blow away or fear God who has ultimate power and is eternal? Daniel was a man of prayer who chose not to fear people but rather God. The miracles God did through Daniel and for him was because he made decisions based on fearing God.
What issue are you tempted to make a decisions based on fear of people? Take it to God and ask Him to lead you.