Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in Me is kept safe.
I’m just beginning to realize how much my life is hampered by fear of man. This condition has been so prevalent that I failed to recognize it most of my life; it was simply part of the fabric of my daily existence. Now that I recognize this fear, I want very much to be free of it. But it is deeplyingrained in my mind and heart. When I am with people, I’m much too concerned about displeasing them or looking foolish in their eyes. I confess I am a people pleaser, but I deeply desire to change.
Beloved, I will give you a two-pronged approach for dealing with this crippling fear. First, replace your fear of displeasing people with dread of displeasing Me—the Lord of the universe. Make pleasing Me your highest priority. Include Me in your thinking whenever you are making plans or decisions. Let your desire to please Me shine brightly, illuminating your thoughts and choices.
The second way to free yourself from fear of man is by developing deeper trust in Me. Instead of trying to please people so they will give you what you want, trust in Me—the Supplier of all your needs. My glorious riches never run short, nor does My Love for you. People can easily deceive you, promising you things with no intention of following through. Even if they mean well at the time, they may change their minds later on. Because I remain the same forever, I am absolutely dependable. Trusting in people is risky. Trusting in Me is wise: It keeps you safe.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
~ Proverbs 29:25
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:9
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:19
But you remain the same, and your years will never end.
~ Psalm 102:27