Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” (Proverbs 29:25, NLT)

Solomon contrasts two things here:  Men and God.

The fact of the matter–and the reason that Solomon wrote this particular proverb–is that men often do fear men, and even those who follow the Lord often fear men.  Solomon rightly understands that the fear of man is nothing but a snare, or as the NLT puts it: “a dangerous trap.”  A snare is something that grabs you when you step into it and once in its grasp, you cannot extricate yourself.  Such is the fear of man.

The antidote to fearing man is to trust the Lord.  This brings safety, peace, and security, the opposite of what happens when one steps into a snare.

Trusting the Lord does not come naturally; fearing man does come naturally.  We have to reject our sinful instincts and trust the Lord, even when our natural fear begins to rise up and attempt to overwhelm and draw us in with its power.

What we can know with complete certainty is that God is as good as His word.  If we put our trust in him, we will be safe, whatever storms rage in the hearts and minds of men around us.