My prayer is that the men in my family, my husband, my three sons and my three daughters’ future husbands would be men who fear God.
Men who fear? I do not want them to be fearful men. My prayer is really this: that they would not fear people, but would fear God. That they would not be influenced and driven by what others might think, or timid because they may upset someone. Proverbs 29:25 says, ”Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Fear is contrasted with trust in God.
I pray that they would be men who care what God thinks; that is what is meant by “fear of God.” That they would be influenced by how God sees a matter, and that they would put what God thinks above what anyone else may think about it. That they would do right because it is right, confident that it is right, because they care what God thinks is right more than they fear how others may react.
There, by the way, is peace. There is confidence and real strength. There is nobility.