VERSE OF THE DAY
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.
The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.
People who are God fearing and obeisance of God teaching are to not fear but proclaim the name of Jesus however the fear of human options lives in us as man but it separates us us from God trusting In God keeps one safe from snare and trap
What Does Proverbs 29:25 Mean? ►
The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.
There are many pressures in life that make us fearful, and all too often it is fear that causes man to seek to escape life’s problems through ungodly means. If anxiety or worry causes a man to be controlled or restricted by his circumstances, or if he seeks to escape the consequences of life’s pressures by committing some sort of evil act, then that man sets a trap for himself. He becomes embroiled in his own wrong responses. However, the Word of God gives a wonderful reassurance that the one who trusts the LORD is safe and secure.
Many passages in the Word of God give a believer encouragement and reassurances, but they often come in the form of contrasts; sinners and the saved, death and life, darkness and light, carnal and spiritual, unbelief and trust. Here the book of Proverbs the little word but peppers its pages with many such glorious contrasts. One verse reads, “The fear of man brings a snare, BUT he who trusts in the LORD will be exulted.”
This short verse has a depth of meaning and much to teach us because it describes a problem, ‘the fear of man’, yet concludes with ‘the grace principle’ – “but the Lord…” The outcome for the fear of man is a snare that entraps the soul and results in disappointment and deep despair. However, the opposite of fear is faith, which ironically is sometimes called ‘the fear of the Lord’.
As the fear of man and dread of circumstances increases, so faith in the Lord decreases. But as faith stands firm on the promises of God, so fear is dispelled. When faith in God is practiced, fear is snuffed out like a candle and vaporises like the morning mist. The result of trusting the Lord and reverencing His holy name brings with it exaltation and joy.
There is a world of difference between the ungodly ‘fear of man’ and godly ‘fear of the Lord’. Reverence for the Lord brings with it wisdom and strength, hope and joy, while esteem for fallen man too often entraps the soul and is accompanied by anxiety and worry. How important to take this warning in Proverbs to heart, “fear of man is a snare while trusting the LORD brings praise.”
Placing trust in anyone other than the Lord, brings in its wake problems and pain, disappointments and despair. However, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” and we have the assurance that the man who trusts in Him will be lifted up and receive many blessings.
The fear of man often comes when trying to be a ‘people pleaser’ instead of honouring the Lord and pleasing Him. The Bible teaches that you cannot reverence God and man at the same time, and Paul addresses this issue in Galatians when he asks, “Am I now seeking the favour of men, or of God? Am I striving to please men or the Lord?” And in Psalm 56, the writer shows that fear of man evaporates when we place our trust and confidence in the Lord. “In God I have put my trust,” he declares. “I shall not be afraid! What can man do to me?”
In every situation in which we find ourselves and in each life-problem we meet, we have irrefutable assurance in God’s Word that He is able and willing to deliver those that trust in the name of His only begotten Son – our Saviour Jesus Christ. Fear is a dangerous emotion that entangles man in deep dark problems, and fear is also a favourite tool that is used by the enemy… who seeks to bring saved men down into the ‘Slough of Despond’ and entrap them in the ‘Pit of Despair’ which can cause a believer to doubt the veracity of God’s Word and the truth of Scripture.
Never forget that somewhere in the Bible there is always a resounding, ‘BUT GOD…’ Never allow any fear that is being conceived in your mind to be birthed into a terror that destroys the inner peace that God gives to those that love Him. Rather, be quick to abort any evil broodings, as soon as they come to mind, by setting the eyes of your heart on the face of the Lord Jesus and taking those thoughts captive to Christ.
Our God of grace and peace in Whom we trust, has promised us all temporal, spiritual, and eternal mercies. Remember, it is fear of man that spawns death and dis-ease BUT the one who trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ honours the Father in heaven and brings life and rel-ease.
Proverbs 29:25 Meaning of Fear of Man Will Prove to Be a Snare
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
Explanation and Commentary of Proverbs 29:25
Many of the Jewish leaders wanted to follow Jesus, but they failed to turn to him, “for they loved human praise more than praise from God” (Jn 12:43). Fear of man is a deadly curse of the sin nature and makes the world go around in the kingdom of darkness. It is the fear of man that makes people compromise on what they believe. It is the fear of man that causes men and women to look to others and public opinion to know what to think about things. The fear of man has not only kept some people out of the Church but has also driven some into the Church under false pretenses in times when the Church was strong.
But the fear of man will always prove to be a snare for anyone who does not truly learn to root her identity in Christ and in her adoption as a child of God. This person can trust “in the Lord” and be “kept safe.” The snare of the “fear of man” is one that rarely lets go of those who fall captive to it. Trusting in the Lord will keep one out of it because, as Christ said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). To fear the Lord is to trust him. To trust him is to be kept from the snare.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Proverbs 29:25
Fear can be a useful emotion when facing a hungry wild predator in the woods. It can compel you to run away. But most of the time it is unwarranted, and the evil one loves to use it against us, to distract us and make us focus on the wrong things. The fear of the Lord, a right awe and seriousness about our Father in heaven, who loves us, but has wrath for sin because of the perfection of his justice, will drive out fear, as will perfect love (1 Jn 4:18)
#2 “…of man will prove to be a snare,”
Fear of man is one of the worst kinds of fears because it almost always betrays a lack of trust in the Lord. However, it is so common in the kingdom of darkness that it more than anything else moves the fallen world. Man fears man, so he becomes subject to the one he hates and fears. Another man’s fear causes him to oppress the ones he fears. Men and women fear the disapproval of others so much that they compromise everything until they are fragmented shells of what God had made them to be.
#3 “but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
What wonderful news this is! It does not say that “the few elites who can trust in the Lord…” It says, whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Anyone can do it. Anyone can break free from the fear of man by simply choosing to trust the Lord. God holds out this promise to all flesh. Safety is the very thing that the fearful desire most, but it is found in the opposite place from where they are looking. True safety is only found in the arms of the Lord.