Lifelines – “I’m Scared”

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Today I’m continuing a series of posts that I’m calling lifelines. These will will be short posts meant to address pressing concerns that all Christians face from time to time. My contention in this series is that when we encounter suffering and sorrow in this life what we need more than anything else is a lifeline to hold onto. These passages of Scripture are meant to be just that.

Proverbs 29:25 – “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”

I hate feeling trapped. Whether it’s traffic, a crowded room or an awkward social situation being trapped is just miserable. Proverbs 29:25 reminds us that there is a trap waiting to spring on anyone unfortunate enough to fall into it and that trap/snare is “the fear of man”. The fear of man is something of a foreign concept to many evangelicals, but it essentially refers to giving men undue weight in our hearts and minds. We fear man when we are afraid of what people think of us. We fear man when we are afraid of what people can do to us. We fear man when we are afraid of what people may withhold from us. Almost all of the anxious “what if’s” that plague the hearts of the children of Adam can be traced back to the fear of man.

The only antidote to this plague is found in the second half of verse 25, “but whoever trust in the Lord is safe.” The cure to the fear of man is to trust in the Lord. To trust that He is the answer to all of the “what if’s” in this life and that He is well disposed to His children.

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September 29 2014 05:00 am | Lifelines

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