“Fear of man will prove to be a snare…” (Proverbs 29:25a NIV)
I’ve never understood this passage more than at this very moment in history. I see people walking around afraid of other people, terrified and freaked out that the human being in their line of vision is going to give them a “deadly” virus. People have become the enemy. People have become inhuman and immaterial to others. The fear of man has indeed become a snare to common decency, human connectedness, and just general kindness and love for another human being.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Proverbs 1:7a NIV).
When I think about those two verses in comparison with one another, it leads me to several questions. If my fear of man is greater than my fear of the Lord, what does that say about me? If I am living in anxiety that I might get a virus, am I living in the fear of the Lord? If I’m not living in the fear of the Lord, what does that likely mean?
What is ruling your mortal body at this moment in time? How are you looking at other people? Are you looking at them as the enemy? Are you looking at them as someone who might have the “monster virus who is looking for bodies to jump into” as Ohio’s governor termed it in one of his fear-mongering speeches? Are you living on the emotional roller coaster that is fear and panic?
If the answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative, you might just need to redirect your fear! In doing so, there is safety. In doing so, knowledge, wisdom, and instruction will be found.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25 NIV).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7 NIV).