In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:4
What we fear is a reflection of what we believe. One fear that hinders many believers is the fear of people. Questions like, “How will I look?” “What will she think?” or “What will they do?” are often huge obstacles in our decision-making process. In an odd way, what you fear takes the form of a god in your life, because it becomes what you serve. That’s why the scriptures instruct us to fear God only. The fear of the Lord is supposed to be the fear to end all fears! But, if I am hindered by the fear of people or their opinions, what does that say about my view of God? In Romans 8:31, Paul asks: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Great question! The answer is “No one!” When I truly trust in the Lord, I don’t have to be afraid of people…and that sets me free.
For Reflection: Is there any person or group that I find myself trying to impress? How would my behavior be different if I simply determined to please the Lord and not worry so much about what people thought?
Lord, I trust in You, and my desire is to serve You with my whole heart. But, I live in a world full of people and many of them seem to have their own agenda for my life. Teach me to love people but worship only You. I want to care for people without being caught up in always having to please them. Help me to keep my heart set on pleasing You!