1 Samuel 15:17-24
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.” 1 Samuel 15:24
Fear is never a reason to disobey God’s commands. In fact, fear that leads to disobedience is fear that has been wrongly invested.
Saul was misplacing fear when he went against God’s commands out of fear of his men. This is a temptation in the life of every believer. Many times situations or people will be threatening enough for a Christian to question God’s instructions and commands. When God’s will takes the obedient servant into danger, or a situation results in rejection, it is easy to allow fear to paralyze the believer into inaction.
In Matthew 10:28, Jesus said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Christ contrasted the concerns of this world to eternal matters. He pointed out that the pains and difficulties experienced in the working out of God’s plan are nothing compared to the glorious victory of helping another be saved from the eternal ramifications of sin.
When you find yourself doing God’s will and come upon a frightening situation, do not fear—the God of all creation is your protector.
Lord, the opinion of the crowd is a powerful constraint on doing what is right before You. Be my courage, when I must stand alone.