“The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25……..
““The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,…” Proverbs 9:10…………
“Stop worrying about what people think,” the Spirit of God told me for the umpteenth time in my life.
When? Just now. My response? I sighed aloud. Not that anyone could hear but my sweet beloved special needs ministry doggies who lounge around as I write for Christ.
How many times does the Lord have to tell me for me to get it? As many as it takes, and in this case that’s many. And I may not be the only one who needs the reminder. Perhaps you do also.
God created us to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. When it comes to fear, we are to fear God, not man. In other words, we are to honor, revere, love, adore, obey, serve, and live for Christ above all. And this may well mean that people will hate us, judge us, ridicule us, criticize us, reject us, abandon us, and persecute us for fearing and following Jesus instead of the world’s ways.
What about worrying what people think? God wants us to concern ourselves with what HE thinks. He is the one we are to please – even when we pay the price of people not being happy with our decision to obey God.
Why did God give me this reminder just now? Because He wanted me to see I had reverted to worrying about something related to my writing concerning what others might think of one aspect of it. He wanted me to remember I am to write to please HIM not man. No matter what people may think, say, or do.
My friend, are you living to gain the love and acceptance and validation of people? Or are you living to please God? Are you willing to sacrifice pats on the back and affirmation from people for Christ’s sake?
At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, what matters is that we lived to love and glorify God almighty in Christ – no matter the cost to our flesh. No matter what people think along the way. For Jesus is Lord forevermore, HALLELUJAH!