Fear of Man; a Snare
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Proverbs 29:25 NIV).
Snare is a device that is used to catch small animals and birds. It is one that holds the legs of its captive so that the creature that is caught will find it difficult to escape.
In the above verse, it is said that fear of man will prove to be a snare. That means this fear will so hold on to us that we find it hard to move forward. Moreover it means that our life is in danger too.
One of the things that need to be noted is that no animal walks into a snare knowingly. It is quite often trapped unexpectedly. This is how it often happens with us too. We trust someone. But there comes a time when we realize that we have fallen into a trap by that friendship. If we would take a moment to examine how we fell into it in the first place, we would note that it happened because we trusted the person too much. By this we have to understand that we put the trust that needed to be placed on God on this person; if not in a full measure, at least to a great extent. Now that we are caught we find no way of escape. We may put a stop to all relations with this person and yet feel the pressure of fear pursuing us constantly.
Now is the time not to yield to fear. But now is the time to place our trust fully in the Lord. We need to remind ourselves that we were caught in the snare primarily because we put our trust in man. So now we need to set things right because this fear of man is a snare. We are in danger if we continue in this fear. Let us boldly put trust God for we are promised that He will keep us safe!