‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.’ Proverbs 29:25 (NIV).
Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds us back; however, when we place our confidence in God we will be held securely. We ought to pour all of our energy into trusting God. Only as we trust Him will we stay immersed in His presence, unshaken and unmoved by what is happening around us.
Every step on our life-journey can be a step of faith. Small steps of trust are simple for us, we can take them with almost unconscious ease. Larger steps are another matter altogether; leaping across dark chasms of fear, scaling cliffs of uncertainty, trudging through the valley of the shadow of death. These feats require sheer concentration, as well as total trust in the God who remains close and never leaves our side (Psalm 23:4).
Each of us is a unique blend of temperament, giftedness and life experiences. What is a small step for one person, may be a giant step for another and vice versa. Only God knows the ease or the difficulty of each segment of our journey.
‘Lord, help me to trust in you alone. You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound, disciplined mind. Help me to recall this promise when I encounter situations that stir up fear inside. I want to live with a strong unshakable faith in you. Amen.’
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Beware of trying to impress others by acting as if our giant steps were only small ones. Do not judge others who hesitate in trembling fear before an act that would be easy for us.
If each of God’s people would seek to please Him above all else, fear of other’s judgments would disappear, as would attempts to please others. Let’s focus our attention on the path just ahead of us and on the One who never leaves our side.
Be Greatly Blessed!