Deeper Day 264: Proverbs 29:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.   Proverbs 29:25

I’ve truly been feeling the impact of this statement, more now than ever. As I’m walking into areas where I am teaching and training others more and more, I am coming face to face with this truth. I cannot have man as my primary focus. God must remain my primary focus, if I’m going to continue to be influential in a positive way. I must only receive my value from Him, not those I’m instructing.

How many times have we all seen a leader rise into the public limelight and then either plateau or plummet to the ground? That person undoubtedly must have had their sights set more on the praises of man than right standing with God. It is truly that simple. When you begin to really search out your motivations, you may be shocked to discover just how much you are motivated by that fear of man. It can be humbling and shocking.

It is true though, that fearing man is a snare…it will without fail cause you to stumble.

Today I want to leave the devotional shorter because I hope you will spend an extra minute getting with God and asking Him to reveal to you the main focus of your heart and actions. Are you more focused on God or man’s praise? Be really honest with yourself. Take time to ask God to reset your focus on Him. Begin to trust Him in new ways.

If we chose to walk in trust with God, then nothing we face will find success against us. Our trust in Him will keep us safe.

Prayer Moment: God, let my heart trust You more and more every day. Never let the fear of man eclipse my trust in You. Forgive me for the times when I’ve let fear of man move me in the wrong direction or hinder me from releasing what You’ve put on my heart. Help me to never again succumb to that fear. I want to be faithful to You alone. I am surrendered to You completely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4

When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4