The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. - Proverbs 29:25
"Many of the people I’ve talked to also had an awakening when they saw the controlling power of other people. They awoke to an epidemic of soul called, in biblical language, ‘the fear of man.’ Although, they were avowed worshippers of the true God, below the surface they feared other people. That is not to say that they were terrified by or afraid of others (although sometimes they were). ‘Fear’ in the biblical sense is a much broader word. It includes being afraid of someone, but it extends to holding someone in awe, being controlled or mastered by people, worshipping other people, putting your trust in people, or needing people.… However you put it, the fear of man can be summarized this way: We replace God with people. Instead of a biblically guided fear of the Lord, we fear others.”—Ed Welch, When People Are Big and God Is Small
This series will explore the theme as stated in Ed Welch's quote above.