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

Why is it so dangerous to fall into a trap? If we could interview a rat, the answer would be: “It’s deadly!” Fearing people is dangerous, because when fear grips us it traps us. And when we’re trapped, we’re stuck. We are not going anywhere. People should not have that kind of power over us. In fact, God did not create people that way.

In the beginning, Adam was very much on his own. The second person that came into being was taken from his rib. Eve was part of him and as such part of mankind; so is every person born ever since. Mankind is connected and functions just like an organism and is also prone to sickness and disease.

One of the diseases known to man is the autoimmune disease. A body attacks itself. It sees a part of the body as a disease and tries to combat it; in a manner of speaking, this is exactly what we see happening in genocide: humankind kills a part of itself.

On a much smaller scale, fearing people is a derivative of the autoimmune disease, because in fear we combat our own kind. This is so wrong! We should not be afraid of each other. We should love and respect each other. That’s how mankind was wired initially. However, we all realize that this is much easier said than done, especially when we are already stuck in the trap of fear and disillusionment.

Jesus has set a precedent in His way with people. He loves each and every person, but He hates the effects of the autoimmune disease. Here is what He once said in a public statement (Matthew 23:37):

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”

All of humanity – not just Jerusalem – suffers from self-inflicted pain. Jesus offers us refuge under His wings. Indeed, under His wings we are at a much better place! No longer ruled by fear, we can deal with whatever comes our way. Most importantly, we are set free to love.

Fear is never the answer. Love is.