The Bible talks about being not afraid of man but instead to be afraid of Him! Yet, I did not grow up in a home that magnified the fear of God. Instead all I knew was the fear of man.
Prov 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.
I was afraid to ask for a little thing!
I even remember once, when I was a young teenager, wanting an increase in my allowance. When I was a kid, I got 50 cents each week. It was just enough to go to the skating rink on Friday nights. One year, the skating rink price increased from 50 cents to 75 cents and I went into a royal panic. What was I going to do? I cried and cried and cried. I loved skating – it was my one social outlet. Momma did not have much money. She got an allowance as well. So, we decided I would have to ask Dad for an increase. Oh, the fear I had just to ask my dad for a 25 cent raise in my weekly allowance. Shaking in my boots, I actually verbalized my desire to my dad. I began by telling him how afraid I was to even ask him a little question and how I hated being afraid of my own dad. Surprisingly enough, he told me that he never wanted me to be afraid of him. I explained my need and all he said was no problem. It was probably one of those rare occasions when mom has said something in private and paved the way for me. If I had known how easy it would be to get it, I would have asked for a whole dollar but instead I had the fear of man!
Can you see how I was ruled by fear? How very very sad to be THAT afraid of one of your parents! Being afraid of my dad came early on in life and it definitely was a snare for me. I was afraid when I was young and I grew into a fearful adult. I did not lean on or trust in the Lord. I leaned on and trusted in fear! I put my confidence into fearing others! I encourage you today to lean on and trust in NOT fear but lean in and trust in God! HE will never steer you wrong!
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