Thursday, November 10, 2011

Whom then shall I fear?

I think of how much we tend to value public opinion… especially with all of the social networking and status updates now days. Advertising sells that, “image is everything”. We spend so much time checking ourselves in the mirror but so little time checking our hearts with the Lord. Public opinion becomes our God and we so freely sacrifice the majority of our energy and time on the altar to uphold it.

Depression seems to be such a rising problem in society. I know for some people it is a very real illness but there are those who needlessly suffer with anxiety and depression from fear of what others think or don’t think of them.

who art thou, that thou shouldest be aafraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 13 And aforgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the bearth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 15 But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the asea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name.16 And I have put my awords in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

Why should we lose hope or why should we fear? When it's all said and done, who's opinion really matters most?


Vanessa said...

I think it matters what you think of yourself...when we truly understand the Lord's love for us. If we are caught up in discouragement, we can carry that love in our heart, and what we think of ourself is a much higher value. In turn, we can forgive ourselves and keep going with hope that the Lord will provide for our needs. And it helps to have true-heart friends like yourself too.

Alicia said...

Absolutely! Through our difficult times when we feel so low we can recognize that our value or worth hasn't changed in the sight of the Lord. Knowing this, we have hope to keep going. His love is amazing!

Thanks for sharing Vanessa!
I treasure our friendship!

Michaela Stephens said...

That's very perceptive to notice how status updates and "checking ourselves in the mirror" can bring us to fear the opinions of man more than God.