Fear of Man and…the Kentucky Derby?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

-James 1:5

A couple months ago, I went down (along with Collin, Solomon, and a few other people from our church) to hand out tracts on the day of the Oaks race (day before the Kentucky Derby) at Churchill Downs.

The day before we went down, I had written a post about Godly friendships, and the post was scheduled to go out on Saturday (Derby day). So early (and I mean early!) on that Friday morning, I got up to meet Solomon and his dad because they were going to drive us down to the track. Unfortunately, that morning, someone saw it and verbally tore it down. It was incredibly discouraging, especially because I had really felt that that post was one that God had given me to write. To make it worse, it was really bad timing because it was early in the day and since I had been trying to prepare to be a Godly witness that day to people at the track.

So, as I was riding on the way down there, I had a battle waging in my mind…should I or should I not post it? I decided to forward it on to my parents and another really good friend to get their opinions on it…I was really hurt and discouraged, not to mention wondering what had gone wrong with that post. As we got there, I decided to pray about it, leave it up to the Lord, and come back to it later.

The day went really well…we were able to hand out over a thousand tracts, and close to 100,000 people had the opportunity to get a tract or hear a street preacher as they went in to the track. That was my first victory. I had stayed focused on what the Lord had for me that day, and did not give Satan that victory. Afterwards, I checked my email and text and was so thankful to see that my “consultants” were really encouraged by the post and didn’t see any reason for it not to be published the next day. But, Satan was still filling my ear with “what if’s” and “if you post this, here’s what these people will think.” I had a choice…I could give in, or trust that the Lord really had given me that post to write. I trusted the Lord.

So the post went out. I was nervous as to what people’s reactions would be. But, my goodness, God showed up big! Not only did no one get offended or anything else by it, but it made an impact, because there were at least three (might not seem like a bunch but it is!) people who said something directly to me or to other people about it.

And if I hadn’t trusted the Lord with the post, none of that would’ve happened. So, I’ll ask you…what fear of man is holding you back? If God has given you direction, GO WITH IT. Don’t let Satan discourage you and whisper lies…he is the father of lies. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. Remember- the fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

In Christ,