Proverbs 29:25 Snare Or Safe

Trap on beach

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

Being concerned what someone else is thinking or can do is a common fear that many people have. They are more worried about what someone may think, then is necessary.

When that fear is high enough, one will be trapped into doing what the other person wants. Some will make poor choices based off of their fear of someone else. The more poor choices are made, the more entangled in a web does the person get.

Living like this does not bring peace or comfort. As time goes along the snare gets tighter and tighter, destroying one’s life.

Solomon had recognized that one cannot fear man without getting trapped in a snare. Yet, he also knew that in order to be safe, all one had to do is trust in God.

People will take advantage of those who fear them. They will make the one who fears do things that is not wanted or desired. Selfishness will rise up and cause the fear to increase in another.

Ultimately destruction will come about. Those feared will keep rising up in power, seizing what they can.

Those who do not fear man, but trust in God will not be trapped in the snare. They will be kept safe. God will open their eyes to see the reality that is around them. They will be able to see the snares that have been placed in front of them and walk a different path.

God does not want His people to walk in fear, but in trust, knowing that He is in control. The path that God leads His people on is one that will build up and not destroy. It is a path that leads them towards eternal life, rather then temporary happiness and death.

There will be people in your life at times who appear to be in control. They will appear to be the one calling the shots in your life. Do not fear them. They are temporary and leading down the wrong path.

Put all of your trust in God, knowing that He is in control. The things that man can do are only temporary and can do no real harm to you.

You have a choice to make as to who you will fear and follow. Do you want a snare that is dangerous or do you want life and safety?

I pray today that you will trust in God; that God will help you to not fear any person; that God will open your eyes to the snares around you; that God will lift you out of any snares you may be in; and that God will keep you safe from any harm.

Exodus 14:11 Quickly Forgetting What Happened

 

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They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” Exodus 14:11

The past can hold a treasure chest full of good things to remember. Not always are the things remembered necessarily good, but it is good to remember them. It can help to guide a person on the path through this life.

Remembering that the stove is hot when it is on and is touched is a good thing to remember. It helps a person to keep from being burned again. At the same time remembering how great a time was when there was a get together with some other person after a long period of time, can also be a good thing to remember. This will encourage the person to keep the relationship alive.

The Israelites had been under slavery for about 430 years and had been crying out to God for relief. God sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt. The process of bringing them out was to use great miracles to break down Pharaoh. They saw wonders that would blow the mind.

Yet, shortly after they left Egypt they came to the Red Sea and was trapped between the sea and the armies of Egypt. Immediately they forgot what God had already done for them and were crying out in fear against Moses. They thought that they were going to get killed by the armies of Egypt. However, God had a plan to save them and allow them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground.

Many believers, when they are in a troubling situation, are very quick to forget what God has already done for them. They forget about the guidance, the provision, and His love for them. Then they run or cry out in fear, instead of trusting God.

Each time you see God do something for you in your life, remember it. Then when a bad situation in life rises up, remember how God had already taken care of you. Give Him praise for what He has already done and trust Him for what He is going to do for you.

God will not leave you or forsake you. He is there to help you through every situation, no matter how big or small. Do not be quick to forget that and what He has done.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will know that God is for you and not against you.