Proverbs 29:25 (NLT)
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.

The Hebrew word for trap is mowqesh, which means to bait lure or snare. The word has been used as a rope to lead an animal away. In Psalms it was used to indicate an iron ring placed in the nose of an animal to keep it held firmly in place. Here in Proverbs it says to fear someone can become a dangerous trap, but trusting God always brings safety.

In Romans Paul writes “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. Either as a parent of child you know what it is like for a parent to watch over and be concerned for their children. Parents would do anything to protect their children and keep them safe from harm. Our loving God and Father greatly cares about as His children. He wants to protect us and keep us safe from the sins of world and temptations that lead us astray. Fear is one of the greatest dangers we can face. It can erode our confidence and beliefs to the point where we feel trapped in our own existence. It can cause us to abandon our beliefs. Fear is a great motivator and has at times driven people to desperate measures. Soldiers defect because of fear. People give up on life because their fears consume them. So we must remember God is our fortress; He is our protector. He is our safety and salvation and He alone is capable of protecting us when others cannot. As Paul said, “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” Pray that God would take away your fears and give you a feeling of security and safety. Trust God that He is watching over you and protecting you.