“Let That Percolate” ( Proverbs 29: 25, KJV ) by Carley Evans

God the Holy Spirit warns us that “the fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”

A snare is “a contrivance often consisting of a noose for entangling birds or mammals; something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, or impeded, or something deceptively attractive” according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. How is it that fear leads to entanglement, difficulty, impedance? Let that percolate.
Safe is defined as being “free from harm or risk; secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss; or affording security from danger, risk, or difficulty.” How is it that trust in God leads to freedom from risk, loss, danger, injury, harm and results in security and safety? Let that percolate.
Fear is “to have a reverential awe of, to be afraid of : expect with alarm; or to be afraid or apprehensive.” The Holy Spirit warns us not to have “a reverential awe of” man; He tells us not to anticipate with alarm what man might do; He encourages us not to “be afraid or apprehensive” in regards to mankind’s actions. Rather, we are to put our trust in the Lord. Let that percolate.
Trust “is an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; is one in which confidence is placed, is dependence on something future” i.e. hope. The Holy Spirit engages us to trust fully in the Lord God, our maker. As we rely on the character, ability, strength, and truth of God; we are truly safe.
You can stop percolating now.