The Fear of God Versus The Fear of Man

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Choices are a part of our everyday life. The moment you wake up in the morning, you are faced with two choices to make: whether to rush off from the bed and go about preparing for work or to spare some minutes or hour in fellowship with God, the giver of the breathe you have in you.

Did I say the moment you wake up? If you are amongst the people that get woken up by an alarm clock, the first point of call is to make a decision on whether to get up or choose to continue in bed and be late for work, school, or whatever it is you do.

The question is what drives you to choose option A instead of B?

Why will you choose to spend some quality time in fellowship with God instead of just rushing off to work?

Why will you choose to stick to the truth and refuse to alter those figures even though no one will see you or find out?

The simple answer lies in who you fear; God or Man.

“How can the fear of man affect my decision?” You may ask.

A young girl mistakenly gets pregnant (even though there’s nothing like that) and is faced with two options: get rid of the baby (abortion) and appear to REMAIN a saint in the eyes of men or refuse to give the devil a chance to feast on her head and face the ill-treatment and rejection from friends, family, society and the world.

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Was that not because you wanted to save your face that you decided to get yourself in a heavier evil than the one you’ve done?

If only we can shift our fear from man and place it where it rightly belongs to: on God.

If only we can understand that God’s ways are not our ways and while a man is hailed as righteous before men, God might be shaking His head in dissatisfaction to such a person.

If Joseph the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, feared men more than he feared God, he would probably have put Mary away just so he’ll maintain that reputation of a good man he had before men.

But no…

What mattered to him was to do the will of God; to do that which was pleasing to Him at ALL times.

Joseph chose to obey God and bear the shame of his fiancée getting pregnant before completing the marriage rites for her. I wonder how many of our young men who irrespective of how highly placed in the Church they are, will choose to stand with God even when it means being thought of as ‘unrighteous’ before men.

It doesn’t matter the level you have fallen to. I want you to do something for me.

From this point, resolve to do only those things that are pleasing in the sight of God. Yes, the deed has been done. Prove to God that He is the ultimate from where you have fallen instead of falling yet deeper into the mire.

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Don’t let the fear of man swallow or choke up the fear of God in your life!


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