Proverbs 29:25: “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”

There’s a significant difference between fearing people and fearing the Lord. It becomes evident when we replace the word “fearing” with the word “respecting”. Respecting people is certainly not a dangerous trap, however, fearing them is.

On the other hand, fearing and respecting the Lord appears to be almost synonymous, reason being, fearing the Lord always includes self-respect while fearing people does not. If we fear people, we duck. We tend to think little of ourselves and too much of the person we fear.

On that note, Jesus remarked that people’s power is limited while God’s power is limitless. Sending out the twelve apostles, His famous parting words were (Matthew 10:16-17+28):

“I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of people, because they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues.” (…) “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Let’s keep that in mind if we happen to run into a “David-meets-Goliath” situation today!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.