January 28, 2023

Proverbs 29:25 ESV (English Standard Version)

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

Pastor's Commentary

The word “trust” can be found over 185 times in the Bible. Often associated with the word faith. Both words find their roots in “belief” in something or someone. While the Greek New Testament word for trust has the idea of unshakable hope, the Old Testament Hebrew word has a sense of supernatural confidence.

God's Word for today contrasts two emotions and their results. When we live in fear we are consumed by dreaded circumstances. This results in being controlled by insecurities. Thus, the writer explains that it is better to rely upon the LORD. The word “safe” implies an ongoing action. It means to be protected because we are continually being kept in a safe haven.

Trust, like faith, is unseen evidence of what is real. So, even if we can’t see it, our trust is in the LORD who is working it out in our lives.