It has always been a costly mistake for man to rely on human beings rather than God who is able to deliver those who trust in Him. Obviously, fear of his people robbed King Saul the dynasty God promised him. He feared the Philistines and the possible consequences of his soldiers deserting him at a crucial time of impending attack from the warlike Philistines. In fear, he went to perform the role of Prophet Samuel by offering peace and burnt offerings whereas God had always delivered Israel from more grievous situations or afflictions than the attack from the Philistines. King Saul was expected to have gotten the assurance that God had sworn to forever deliver Israel and crush their enemies by HIS divine intervention no matter their strength and number: 1 Samuel 13: 8-13 (NKJV)
Another grievous instance of fear of men was the instance of King Saul’s partial obedience in not carrying out God’s commandment to destroy all living things in Amalek including Agag the king. Saul’s fighting men destroyed everything except their King Agag and the best of their sheep and goats. When Prophet Samuel arrived at Saul’s place in Gilgal bleating of sheep was all over. Saul began to rationalize over why he brought King Agag and the sheep to justify his action. He had irrationally feared his men instead of God by obeying the voice of men I Samuel 15: 13-29 (NKJV).
Christians should not fear man and should not give heed to the threats of wicked people. We are not to breach the trust we have in the Almighty Lord our God because of his awesome powers.