Proverbs 29: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

Ben Peddicord

Proverbs 29:25

“The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.”

 In this verse, we are reminded of the overall theme of the book of Proverbs; the fear of the Lord. We have seen this over and over again as the root of wisdom and here in verse 25, we are seeing the reverent awe of the fear of the Lord contrasted with the fear of man. The Hebrew word for fear used here isn’t the same as when we look at fear of the Lord. Instead of reverence, this fear is a shaking terror and worry brought on by man. This idea of the fear of man is not a new theme, as we have seen it multiple times throughout Scripture. We have seen the ‘snare’ that accompanies fear of man in the cases of Abraham (Gen 12:11-13; 20:2), Aaron (Ex 32), Saul (1 Sam. 15:24), and Elijah (1 Kings 19:3), each allowing their earthly fear of men to cause them to stumble. We see it again in the New Testament as well with the cases of Peter denying Christ and many not sharing their faith out of fear of the Pharisees. 

Although fear of man can be a challenge, we are clearly reminded by Jesus to not fear man but to “fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28). In lieu of fearing man, we are reminded to trust in the Lord. This trust and reverent awe given to God leads to obedience and exaltation. We are reminded to not trust our own deceitful hearts, not fear the people around us, but to trust the path laid for us by our Heavenly Father. 

Whereas fear of man can appear to be leading us one way and ultimately lead us to destruction, trusting in the Lord will never fail us. We are reminded to take refuge in the Lord (Ps. 118:8, 62:1-2), and our obedience in trusting Him leads to a far better condition. In which ways are we susceptible to the snares of the fear of man? Are there certain situations in your own life where you have been ensnared because of fearing man? How does the study of God’s Word help to remind you to trust in the Lord?

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