Do You Fear Man or God?

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Today, I made a decision to follow God rather than man. I made the decision to let go of a project I thoroughly enjoyed, and I did not just make a decision. I followed through on my decision. I let it go. The Lord had convicted me that my motives were not pure, and that I was enjoying the praise of man over the praise of God (John 12:43 KJV). He also showed me that I was placing my trust in man rather than fully in Him (Psalm 20:7 KJV). Additionally, He showed me that I was fearing man rather than fearing Him (Psalm 29:25). Was the decision easy? No. Was following through on the decision hard? Yes. But I am reminded that God honors obedience over sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22 KJV). So now what?

God calls me to walk by faith rather than according to my circumstances (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV). But what will I do about the extra money that was coming into my life through the project I have now let go? Don’t I have to go chasing after another source of money? Yes! But my source is not man. My source is God. And He does not want me to chase after any human for this provision, nor does He want me to chase after the provision itself. He wants me to chase after Him. So what will I do now?

I will put one foot in front of the other as I continue to learn how to walk by faith. I will learn how to set my eyes and heart upon the Lord, I will continue to study His Word, and I will practice applying it to my life as my beloved Lord leads me forward to where He is calling. Shouldn’t I have a plan in place now that I have let go of this work project and the income that went with it? What will I do about the other rewards I was receiving from it, like the validation I enjoyed from the person in charge of the project? I already have a plan in place. His name is Jesus Christ, and His Word does not come back void (Isaiah 55:11 KJV). As for the validation I sought through my work, I am reminded that the only acceptance that truly matters at the end of the day belongs to the Lord (Ephesians 1:6 KJV).

My flesh never enjoys letting go of something that gave it pleasure. But there is truly no greater enduring joy than knowing I am in the will, and at the mercy, of my Father in heaven.

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