This post is an extension of the immediate earlier topic titled “Reliance on God banishes fear “. It was not only King Saul that yielded because of the fear of man at a most critical time in his life. Situation of fear breeds lukewarmness which Jesus condemned in John’s revelation to the church in Laodicea Revelation 3:15-16. There should not be partial trust in God. Absolute confidence in God is required at all times. Fear of man is exemplified in Proverb 29: 25 ” The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe”.
Prophets re-echoed God’s assurance that makes us not to fear man as in Isaiah 51: 12 ” I, even I, am HE who comforts you, who are you that you should be afraid of man who will die, And of the son of man who will be made like grass?” (NKJV) In John 12: 42, Jesus’ disciples alluded to Isaiah’s observation that people’s fear of the Pharisees prevented many rulers of the synagogue from confessing Christ as the Messiah thus: “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.” According to James 4: 7, the bible tells us: “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you”. A born-again Christian should frustrate fear to be able to fully rely on God who remains eternally supreme.