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Fear Not: The Opinion of Others

Posted by John Smith on March 2, 2012

1 Samuel 15:24  Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.

 Fearing people and their opinions will cause you to make some huge mistakes.  This is exactly what happened to Saul.  Saul had bent sent on a mission to completely destroy the Amalekites and all their possessions (livestock, jewelry, everything).  But Saul spared Agag, the King of the Amalekites.  He also kept the best of the sheep, cattle, and the soldiers plundered all that they wanted.  They only destroyed the junk that nobody wanted anyway.

Why did Saul do this?  Although I sure some of it had to do with Saul’s own lust for more wealth, he said it was because he feared the people.  Whether or not people were imploring him to let them keep the possessions of the Amalekites, Saul desired to look good in their eyes.  He wanted them to love him and revere him more.  At that moment the desire to look good in their eyes and the fear of public opinion became more important that God’s view of him and being obedient to His Word.

Saul lost a lot that day.  He was openly rebuked by his mentor and lost his council, another was chosen and anointed to serve as king in his place, the anointing on Saul departed, and God regretted His decision to make Saul king.  That is a seriously bad day.

All this occurred because Saul was afraid about what others thought about him.  He let the opinions or perceived opinions of others dictate what decisions he would make.  As Christians we have the Word of God, the example of Christ, and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide is in the way we should go.  God’s opinion of us is the only one that matters.  He thinks you are wonderfully made and has accepted you in His beloved Son (Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 1:6).  He will never leave you and never let you down (Hebrews 13:5).  He values you more than His own life (Romans 5:8, John 3:16).

You don’t need to fear what others may think about you or how they’ll react to what you do.  The only opinion that truly matters is the Lords and He’s not hiding the truth nor the counsel from you.  If you’re not sure the right thing to do, pray and ask Him (James 1:5), He’ll let you know.  You can also go talk to your pastor and have him/her show you what the Word of God says.  Then make a decision to follow God’s Word and FEAR NOT you’ve already got the approval of everyone you need.

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