Fear of Man

The LORD is for me; I will not fear;  What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6

If there was one thing that David knew, it was persecution.  And unfair persecution at that.  I had a battle with this today.  I did not handle it in the way that Christ would have handled.  The old me came back ROARING.  As I was crying and trying to calm down, I found myself getting more upset.  The unfairness of it was overwhelming.  The hurt and betrayal cut deeply.  After I had roared, I began praying to God and telling Him how much this person had hurt me.   What had been done to me had happened due to my speaking the truth about a situation and not responding with complete submissiveness and compliance.   Although, I wanted to speak to the person in truth once again about the present unjust occurrence, I began to feel a spirit of fear of this “man”.   Fear of what he would do the next time if I once again spoke truth about the situation.
I found God telling me ‘What can a man do to you?  What can he take from you?  Nothing.  What can be stolen is your peace, and you are letting man rob you of that.”  I continued to cry out to God, and He reminded me of all the times that someone hurt me and God’s judgment hit them like a cast-iron skillet.  My enemies have been crushed at God’s hand so many times in the past.  He is a jealous God, and a loving Father, and His wrath is to be feared.

Many minutes later I was still crying.  Once again, God got onto me.  “Why are you crying?  Right now it is for attention.  You need to stop, and consider what I would do.  What Jesus did.”  Gradually, I stopped crying and my peace was restored.  The only thing that had been stolen from me was the moment where I did not bring glory to my God and the peace that surpasses all understanding.  But I called on God for restoration and vengeance, and my courage and peace returned.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare,but whoever trust in the LORD is kept safe. Prov 29:25

I spoke once again in truth and with boldness.  The fear that had gripped was no longer there.  A slight bit of anger remained over the unjust act, but not enough to impede my purpose or words. My faith is in the sovereign God.  He is my father, and He has never let me down.  A job does not give me safety, but God does.  Whatever is taken from me will be returned 10 fold.  And when someone wrongs me, God has turned consequences on them like a pile of hot coals poured on their head.   I love Him and He loves me.  A father is protective of his children, and my God is a good father.   His vengeance is just.

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalm 50:15

When something or someone upsets you, the first place you should go should be into the arms of God.  The first angry words you speak should be into God’s loving ear.  He is your refuge.  He is the only One to be feared.   Trust in his deliverence.  In this way, you bring Him glory.

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