Fear can stop us in our tracks. It can paralyze us; it can stop whatever dreams we have from coming to fruition. Fear of what others say or think of us can trap us into a prison so that we just stand still. Today’s Bible Journaling comes from Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” (KJV) Our verse says that fear of men can ensnare us. Trusting in God can release us from that prison of fear.
Fear of other’s thoughts and opinions of us can hinder us from stepping out into our dreams and ambitions. However, we must trust in God’s opinions and His thoughts of us. If He is calling us out of our comfort zone, there will be plenty of people ready, and willing, to put a damper on our desire to fulfill that call. However, we must trust that God knows the best for us. If He has called us into an area for our growth, He will give us the ability to accomplish it. He will encourage us to push forward. When we put our trust in what God says about us, we can break free of the fear of what others may try to do or say to hinder us.
Our verse today says that when we trust in the Lord, we are safe! Chains of fear are broken. When we are fearful of failure, we can remember, “I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 CSB) When we are fearful of other’s opinions, we can go to God’s Word and read the myriad of verses of how He loves us and how precious we are to Him. When we are fearful of a doctor’s diagnosis, we can remember that it is by Jesus’ stripes that we are healed. (I Peter 2:24)
When we are afraid, God tells us in Isaiah 43:1 “…Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.” (NIV) Trusting God will bring peace and joy. (John 14:27, Psalm 94:19) We can say with David, “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 NIV) Trusting in God gives us courage and boldness. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” (NIV)
We can step out into areas that we may not be comfortable in. We can also step out in faith into areas of ministry, knowing that God is with us, encouraging, guiding, and giving us the boldness to reach out to others who need to hear of His love for them. We need not allow fear to hold us back because we know we are safe with the Lord when we trust in Him.