This verse has really been challenging me lately! I don’t know about you, but often – despite my best efforts – I tend to be overly concerned about the opinions of other people, rather than resting in my relationship with the Lord. Such misaligned thinking is a lie from the enemy: in fact, the Bible cautions us against this mindset, clearly stating that “the fear of man is a snare” (see Proverbs 29:25).
However, there is good news – truth from God’s Word that is being reinforced in a teaching series that started at church last weekend. To sum it all up, all that really matters is what the Lord thinks of us (and also how we relate to Him). To truly embrace and rest in our relationship with Jesus is the epitome of freedom and peace. Again, intentionally focusing on this relationship is all that really matters.
Everything else – even good things! – can prove to be a snare if we’re not careful. In fact, the Lord is taking me through a challenging season right now to expose and heal this very issue, I believe. It is humbling, painful, and yet illuminating all at the same time, because God is shining His spotlight on a tender spot that He wants to redeem and restore. 🔦
Because – painful as it seems at the time – He simply loves us too much to leave us as we are.
So I’ll leave you with the same question that Paul posed to the Galatians, and that God still asks us today: Whose approval matters most to us, anyway?