Fear of People’s Disapproval Is Risky (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 207)
John 5:44 (NLT)
No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.
When we seek the approval of people we end up not taking risks in faith. Fear itself is risky business. And when we don’t trust God, we fear the disapproval of people more than anything else. Without being willing to take risks, our faith can’t be developed into something bigger and more useful. Most people never step out on faith because they fear what family and friends will say.
Fearing people’s disapproval over God’s approval is a devastating mistake. It stands in the way of a real relationship with God and makes us handicap in spiritual and emotional ways. God is the only person who really matters in this life and in the next. When we trust Him, we give our potential room to grow and our faith space to soar. Any fear can eradicate spiritual growth, but fear of what other people think will cause you to lose your grip on life.
God wants us to value what He thinks about us, says about us, and believe about us. If other people’s opinions matter more to you than God’s opinion you will always be in a place where you’re spinning your wheels and never live up to your full potential. Fear of people’s disapproval is risky business. Don’t allow it to create insecurities in your life that will be hard to get rid off without the power of God. God never belittles, demeans, or rejects His children. This is why His opinion should be the only one that matters to you.
“If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?”
— Leonard Ravenhill