TRUST: Whoever Trusts in the Lord is Kept Safe


As we continue to explore  The Basis of Trust, we must remember that the character of God, who He is, and the works of God, what He has done, is doing and will do, must be our sole basis for deciding to TRUST God and not man or things. In the post Tackling Fear of Man, a number of verses were shared that provides encouragement to TRUST God and not fear. Fear is an emotion that we experience on a daily basis. Like anger, it does not represent the righteous life God desires for man to live.

In today’s post, I TRUST that you see “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” I am certainly not implying or presenting that TRUST in God will prevent us from experiencing any kind of suffering. In fact, the Word says that we were called to suffer. Furthermore, Jesus said, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24). 

Proverbs 29:25 – Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

Now that the disclaimer on suffering has been provided, the text tells us that fear of man will be a snare. A snare is anything that entraps or entangles. As I think about that, my mind was flooded with all sorts of things that entraps or entangles. This speaks to the wide variety of vices in which man is snared. It appeals to whatever his fears or sinful desires align. The word for fear in this verse is charadah (khar·ä·dä’) which means fear, anxiety, quaking, trembling, (extreme) anxiety, anxious care. On the contrary, the verse tells us Whoever Trusts in the Lord is Kept Safe. The connotation of that is God will keep you safe, so there is no need to fear man. 

We know that fear of man is a snare. The smallest example is lying. I just asked a student about why people lie. The student told me to avoid trouble. God has told us not to lie and to be truthful; yet, all of us have lied to avoid a consequence or what we thought would be a consequence. Here are a few other examples of people being more afraid of man than God.

Genesis 12:12 – 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live.
Genesis 26:7 – When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”
Exodus 32:22-24 – 22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”
1 Samuel 15:24 – 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.
Matthew 26:69-74 – 72 He [Peter] denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
John 12:42 – 42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;
John 19:12-13 – 12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” 13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha).

In those verses, we see Abraham and Peter, two greatest for God, in moments where they were caught in a snare because they feared man more than God. Even Pilate, feared the people more than Christ. He had the opportunity to set Christ free, but because he feared man more than God, Pilate is written in history as the one to give the command to crucify Jesus. More than that, he will live in eternity separated from God because He feared and chose man over God.

Protection and provision are arguably our two greatest reasons to not TRUST God. As I think about, it does not make sense, but I am guilty of fear as well. Matthew Henry says it like this: “Whoso puts his trust in the Lord, for protection and supply in the way of duty, shall be set on high, above the power of man and above the fear of that power. A holy confidence in God makes a man both great and easy, and enables him to look with a gracious contempt upon the most formidable designs of hell and earth against him. If God be my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid.”

Finally, it is God who says, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”Matthew 10:28 The implication there is that only God can do that, but He has provided a means (Jesus) for man’s soul and body to avoid hell. We see that in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 which says, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is God, through Jesus Christ, that keeps our whole spirit, soul and body. This is the ultimate meaning and promise in the words Whoever Trusts in the Lord is Kept Safe.

Perhaps the greatest affirmation of Whoever Trusts in the Lord is Kept Safe is in Romans 8:31-39

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. What a great consolation! What a great reason to TRUST God over man. Remember, fear of man will prove to be a snare, but Whoever Trusts in the Lord is Kept Safe. Father, help us all to fear you over man that we will be safe both now and eternally.

 

 

 

 

 

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