The Fear of Man vs. the Fear of God

The Fear of Man vs. the Fear of God

Many today make decisions based on a fear of man. Often Christians remain silent when they should speak up. Integrity is given up over fear of confronting dishonesty at the work place. Parents fear correcting children for fear their children may turn against them. Fear is a controlling factor in the lives of many.

Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

How is it on one hand in Hebrews 11, Noah is commended for being moved by fear to build an ark (Hebrews 11:7) and later in the same chapter, Moses’ parents are commended for their faith in not fearing the King’s commandment (Hebrews 11:23)?

What is the difference? It is the object of our fear. One can fear man or one can fear God. The tension many believers in Christ live with is the tension found in Proverbs 29:25. It is easy to believe decisions based on the fear of man are safe. However, decisions based on the fear of man, lead to painful traps, but decision based on a fear of God give a guarantee of safety.

A fear of God will deliver a Christian from the fear of man. Noah had no fear of man because he feared God. Moses’ parents had no fear of a wicked national leader because they had a fear of God. What must be in place in order to have a fear of God?

A fear of God must remember that God is Almighty. For Noah, a fear of God determined his decision to build the ark no matter what man said, no matter that a flood had never before occurred. He took God at His Word. He believed God was capable of bringing a world-wide flood and prepared for it.

A fear of God results in practical, but difficult choices. For Moses’ parents, their fear of God led them to hide Moses’ for three months, followed by putting him in a little ark and in the river.

In order for saved people to grow in their faith, they will have to overcome their fear of man with a fear of God. What decision in your life is filled with a tension of fearing man vs. fearing God. Choose to fear God and follow His Word. He is Almighty and when you choose to put your faith in Him, you shall be safe!

Taken from Pastor Starr’s series, “Steps of Faith” where he is currently preaching through Hebrews 11. You can listen to any of his messages in this series by visiting www.sermonaudio.com/mzbc

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