Fear of God VS Fear of Man

I walked into the room used for youth theatre practices. As usual, it was full of kids wandering about, waiting for class to begin. I immediately noticed something out of the ordinary, however… One girl, a little older than I, was on the ground, leaning against a wall, crying. What? No one else was paying any attention to her, though she sat in full view of the room. Coming to a stop in the middle of the room, I looked over at her. And looked back. I looked over at her again… and looked back again. Should I go talk to her? I didn’t want to embarrass her…

Of all people, our director walked by me through the people and noticed my internal conflict. “If you think you should go talk to her, then do it!” he told me, and moved on. Alright then. Squaring my shoulders, I walked over to her like I should have done in the first place and asked if she was okay. She looked up at me with tears running down her face and said that she wasn’t okay. Well, of course. I should have asked a better question. I continued to stand there, at a loss of what to say next.

I never did find out why she was crying. One of the other directors came over, helped her out of the room and took care of her.

So often we allow our fear of man stop us from fearing God. We choose to worry about what those around us think rather than choosing to please God. I was too concerned about what the other kids in the room would think or what the girl herself would think to do what I should have done and shown God’s love and compassion to her.

What are you afraid of? Heights? People? People’s opinions? Rejection? Failure? Spiders? Disappointment? New things? The future? Unknown? Bears? Some of those are healthy fears… I mean, fear of bears is a pretty wise idea, don’t you think? But the problem comes when we allow those fears to paralyse us, to rule our hearts. The only person who should be ruling our heart is God.

When we fear God, we fear nothing else because we trust His power. But when we don’t fear God, we fear everything else because deep down we know that we can’t handle any of it by ourselves. My sister put it this way: “Fearing God is understanding His power.” Understanding that God is in control and revering Him as we should. Choosing to stand boldly because we want to praise and please our King as He deserves.

The Bible has a whole lot to say about this (especially Proverbs)! Go and look it up for yourself! And don’t fall into the trap that I did at that theatre practice—remember to fear God rather than people. Which will truly matter in the end when you stand before God?

Your sister in Christ,

Sara

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello, my name is Sara! I am also fifteen years old, I am a black-mold fighter, and I like to read, write, act, make jewelry, and have adventures. Most of which tend to be with my family whether it’s a long hike up a mountain or a fun new board game. I also write for Th!nk magazine, a free, online, Christian magazine: mythinkmag.wordpress.com. One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 34:5: “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Praising God for you and His handiwork through you, dear sister who is my daughter’s age! Such a beautiful manifestation of Jesus Christ, and such an inspiration you are! Thank you for loving Him so! See you soon…

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  2. Great post! Thank you for sharing! As a Christian I find that I respond best and as expected is when the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding me. His promptings are timely and precise in those moments. His words flow through me to reach an individual with the intent of God’s heart. That makes a great difference in the way I respond to different situations spiritually. The Holy Spirit prods us and leads us in the way that we should go. After all it’s His job.

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  3. ... says:

    Hi Sara, I like your thoughts on fear. Have a look at Genesis 31:42 – one of God’s names is Fear. Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” It can take a while to fully appreciate this and I know that I am still learning.You are lucky that you have a family, it sounds like you are close which is a blessing. My advice would be to go and introduce yourself to the girl who was crying and just talk to her. May the Lord bless you and your family.

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  4. cazehner says:

    “…when we don’t fear God, we fear everything else…” Such wisdom in these words, dear one. He is the Power and Authority, who then shall I fear if He is for me? Thank you for this insightful post. May God bless you and continue to make you a blessing to others.

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