Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety. (Proverbs 29:25)
Can I just tell you how much I love small towns? I remember speaking at a tiny church in Wyoming a few years ago.
This annual tea was a big deal for the church and it’s community. Girls as young as six and women as old as one-hundred showed up in their best clothes. The husbands and sons, dressed in tuxedos, served the tea.
Oh it was quite the shindig.
As the coordinator began to introduce me, I noticed an odd sound in the room resembling a steady beat. It kept getting louder and faster but I couldn’t find the source.
This noise was so distracting! I knew it was going to drive me nuts while I was trying to speak because it was loud. So slowly I looked around, trying to place it… but no luck.
And then it hit me…
I realized that the sound resonating throughout the room was my fear! The microphone was clipped to my lapel and located right over my heart which was pounding out of my chest with anxiety.
Quickly, I moved it over to my other lapel vowing to never place a mic over my heart again.
There was no hiding the fact that I was afraid.
- I was fearful they would hate me.
- I was scared they wouldn’t think my jokes were funny. (I am funny)
- I was concerned I’d put people to sleep. (done it)
- I was anxious that I’d talk too fast and a bad word would slip out instead of scripture. (seen it happen)
- I was freaking out thinking they’d hate my clothes and I would see judgement on their faces.
Sometimes people scare me.
But God tells us that when we let them, it’s a dangerous trap.
Why? Because when we are fearful, it can affect everything we try to do.
- We don’t invite others into our homes because they may not like how we decorate.
- We buy dessert from the bakery rather than bake it ourselves because those women are better in the kitchen.
- We never agree to lead a Bible study because people may not sign up for our group.
- We don’t speak up with the answer because it might be wrong.
- We don’t step into our calling because we might fail publically.
Fear of man can be such a driving force. It can be a part of every decision and every choice, every day.
You know what else? It taps into our sense of value, making fear of man even more dangerous for us. You see when we function out of that kind of fear… we forget.
- We forget that God created us for a specific purpose.
- We forget that we are beloved children to the One true King.
- We forget that we are already accepted, significant and secure in Christ.
And if Christ is for us, who can be against us?
Well, I’ve come a long way since those early days in my speaking ministry. Yes, I still get all nervous in those few moments before I open my mouth. But now I know that when I give into fear, it’s a breeding ground for the Enemy.
He loves to see me paralyzed in my fear. The enemy loves to see the same in you.
Sisters, you are precious to God. Stand up for yourselves! Don’t allow fear – a classic tactic of Satan – to win. Just stare him down.
Because you see… when we refuse to listen to the Enemy and instead trust God, we are kept safe under His divine protection.
And I’ve seen that promise kept a million times.