The Snare of Fear
Proverbs 29:25 tells us,
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
A snare is a noose used for catching an animal. Fear will cause you to be snared or trapped, just like an animal.
Squirrels can regularly raid a nut tree. A net can be put over a tree, but in most cases, a net doesn’t seem to deter squirrels at all. So some people might use a trap. When fear gets a hold of your life, you become like one of those trapped squirrels – you are not going anywhere. You are at its mercy. You will not progress spiritually. It keeps you bound. The fear of man can keep you from obeying God; it will keep you from pleasing God. It will keep you from the joy you would experience when you trust God.
The man or woman who is bound by the fear of man, will not be trusting God in some area of his life. Look again at the two parts of the verse mentioned above, Proverbs 29:25; The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Don’t find yourself getting caught in the snare of fear.
There are many Scripture readings of God speaking to us. If we would take time to read, digest and remember them, they will give us the defense we need.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
Fear can come to some people daily. When we truly trust God and realize He is always at our side. “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear;
what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)
Do not allow the fear of man to control your life. Instead, trust in the Lord.
So, as we celebrate this wonderful birth of our Lord and Savior this 2018 Christmas season, always take time to reflect on the little baby, Jesus who was born from the Virgin Mary, had grown up, and has taken all our fears from us when He died and resurrected on the cross for each one of us. All we need to do is give Him all our fears. To God be the glory.
May you have a special Advent and Christmas season for 2018, and that you look forward to 2019 without fear as you trust in God’s promises.
God be with you.
From your deacon @ Immanuel.