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The Fear of Man Is a Snare
11 March 2013
Although this article can be read on its own, it is also the sixth in a series of articles. You might like to read the previous five first, in order to understand the context that the following thoughts were written in:
As month after month of unemployment dragged on, I felt increasing pressure, from various sources, to find a job and earn a living.
Some of this pressure was spoken, and some was unspoken. Some of it was real, and some was imagined. At this point I can't calculate the percentages of each. But no matter if the source was spoken or unspoken, real or imaginary, the result was the same: I was feeling tremendous pressure to make other people happy, and avoid their disapproval, by getting a job.
In the end, I was being motivated more by trying to please other humans than I was by trying to please and obey God. And I was more worried about what other people thought of me than of what God thought of me. The Bible has a lot of strong things to say on this subject:
No only were these two sinful attitudes the motivation behind me accepting my recent job, but they were also my motivation to even be job hunting in the first place. I was not looking for a job because God was instructing me to do so. On the contrary, what I feel God has been telling me is to wait. At the time I lost my job at The ElijahList, I even felt like He told me that I would not be going back to a computer job. I could end up being wrong about that, and if God does want me in a computer job at some point in the future, I will have no problem admitting I was wrong. But until then, that's what I believe God has told me.
My unsanctioned job-hunting was also being motivated by a fear of the future — about how our finances would work out for the long-term, and being afraid of a lack of provision. Fear comes from the enemy, and all my motivations for seeking employment were centered around fear. No wonder I got lost on the wrong path! No wonder this new job ended up being a snare for me! But God, in His severe mercy, let me go through a very hard time in order to wake me up and get me back on the right path, to follow Him instead of my fears and the opinions and approval of others.
After the miseries of my recent emotional meltdown, I feel that new light has come into my heart. This strong wake-up call has enabled me to put aside the fear and the lies I have believed about God, and now I'm starting afresh in my relationship with God once again. So I have hope for the future, because He is a God of hope! "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
My next article will consider what our lives might look like once we put aside the snares of the fear of man and being a man-pleaser, when we live as Foreigners and Nomads Here On Earth.
This article is 14th a series of articles on this Web site related to My Journey with Yeshua (Jesus) which also includes (scroll to see the entire list):
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