1 SAMUEL 21
1 Samuel 21
THE FEAR OF MAN
When I was in college, I decided to change denominational affiliation, leaving the church of my childhood, in favor of a church that reflected my faith in Christ and Biblical convictions. Almost 30 years later, I still feel that I made the right decision.
However, because I was afraid of my Dad, I did not tell him. I did tell a member of his church, and he told my Dad. The results of that "fear of man" hurt my Dad, harmed my testimony, and caused an unnecessary strain in our relationship. I've long since apologized and have been forgiven, but the fear of man certainly hurt! See Proverbs 22:25
There was a day when David, who was fleeing from King Saul, allowed the "fear of man" to be a hindrance in his life. As a result of the fear of man:
DAVID FAILED TO TELL THE TRUTH Vss. 1-9
He claimed to be serving Saul when he was running from Saul.
DAVID FELLOWSHIPED WITH THE ENEMY Vs. 10
See 2 Corinthians 6:14.
DAVID FALTERED IN HIS TESTIMONY Vss. 11-15
Out of fear, he pretended to be insane.