Fear of God Devotional: When Pastors Struggle with Fear of Man

What happens when pastors struggle with the fear of man?

Paul Thompson shares an example from his own life where, because of his obedience to God, certain things occurred that negatively impacted his reputation within the community.

Through this experience, God showed him that he was concerned more about his reputation rather than being grateful for God’s blessings. God was feeding, clothing, and providing everything he needed. God alone was sufficient. God also revealed how foolish it was to try to be a protector of his own reputation. Instead of seeking to protect his reputation, he ought to have proclaimed the truths of Scripture no matter the consequences, even if his reputation suffered as a result.

Though it was a humbling experience, he realized how futile it was to try to take it into his own hands to protect his own reputation, and was thankful for God mercifully steering him back to the truth.

Proverbs 29:25 (NKJV) – “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”