Tuesday, February 23, 2016
“In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.” Proverbs 14:26
One of the biggest issues that keep many of us from becoming all that God has called us to be and from accomplishing the dreams that He has placed in our hearts is fear, and more specifically, fear of people.
“What will people say?”
“How will they think of me?”
“Will I be accepted? Made fun of? Excluded from the community?”
Trust me. I have been there! These thoughts are real and at times, they can stop you from stepping into all that God has for you. But, if we are to stand tall in this life, I mean to really walk confidently as God’s children, we cannot live in fear. We cannot be afraid of people.
The Bible encourages us to fear the Lord. We are to develop great honour and deep reverence for God, giving Him the highest place in our thoughts and hearts. We must honour and respect God’s thoughts towards us, His plans for us and His love to us so much that we do our best not to disobey Him to please others.
His opinion of us is the one we should be most concerned about. What He says about us is the most important thing about us.
As we step out in faith to live the authentic life that God has called us to, there is no need to be afraid of what others may say or do. The safest place to be is in the will of God. He gives refuge to His children. He is our Protector, Defender and Advocate. Let your confidence be strong in Him!