Fear.  It manifests itself in incredibly diverse ways.  Due to an unfortunate incident at the Davis County Fair last summer that resulted in an entire colony of ants swarming up her legs, my four year old is terrified of ants and screams every time she sees one.

Fear is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible.  There are positive aspects of fear, that is the reverence, respect, and awe we are commanded to have in regards to God.  But there are also the negative aspects of fear, the terror, concern, and anxiety we are commanded to avoid.  A biblical view of the fear we are to have of God will draw us close to Him, and a fear of people, circumstances, and problems will draw us away from Him.

Proverbs 29:25 reads “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.”  Throughout the Bible we read account after account of men and women who failed when they feared man, yet succeeded when they trusted the Lord.  This truth of Proverbs 29:25 continues today: if you fear man you will fall, but if you trust in the Lord you will walk securely.

So, what about you?  Are you afraid of man?  Are you preparing to serve God?  Or fight man? Are you afraid God might ask you to step outside of your comfort zone? Or are you willing to let Him lead? Are you living in fear of rejection?  Or are you entrusting your life to the Lord?