Scripture: Proverbs 29 (focus on v. 25)
Observation: Trusting the opinions and thoughts of others is dangerous, but trusting in the Lord brings safety and hope.
Application: Have you ever trusted in something or someone who didn’t really deserve your trust? In high school, I trusted myself MUCH more than I should have when it came to fashion choices. I’d rather not visit all of my fashion faux paus, starting with the powder pink terrycloth skirt I wore with an ill-fitting white polo shirt on the first week of freshmen year. WHY, JESUS, WHY?!
(After nine years of Catholic school uniforms, the fashion freedom of public school was just too much for me to handle. Clearly.)
Even though I didn’t make the best fashion choices, I did it all for one thing: approval. (Now why I thought someone else would approve of a pink terrycloth skirt is beyond me. Remember the Catholic school uniforms thing?)
So often, we make decisions about things in our lives – things much bigger and more important than what we wear – based on what others think of us. Our identity, our value, and our worth becomes tied to the opinions of others.
The writer of Proverbs says this:
“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” (v. 25)
And the Message puts it like this:
“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.”
Weighing the opinions of others over God disables us from experiencing His best for us.
It leads to insecurity, to frustration, to disappointment.
But shifting our focus – from what our spouses, kids, parents, teachers, bosses, co-workers, neighbors, friends – think of us to what God believes about us is freeing, a foundation we can trust.
Where are you trusting the opinions of people over God right now? Today, let’s examine our motives, confess our sins, and repent, resting in the full acceptance and grace of Jesus Christ our King.
Prayer: God, I pray I keep my eyes and my heart focused on you alone. Whenever I feel weighed down by the opinions or objections of others, let me turn fully towards you. Amen.