When People are Big and God is Small


What do you fear more than God?

It’s very possible that is what is causing you drama.

For instance, I was recently stressed out because I didn’t want to disappoint someone and yet it was becoming impossible for me to meet their expected deadline. Yet did I really fear what that person thought of me more than I feared God who had my back and could clear my name?

It occurred to me, as I was writing my book, Drama Free, that most of the drama we experience in life is a result of fearing people more than we fear God. (To fear God is to have a wholesome dread of ever displeasing the Lord. To fear people — and what they think about you or might do to you — is to give them more control over you than they deserve.) When we care more about what others think of us we are adopting a mindset where people are big and God is small.

And that triggers drama.

The Bible tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….” (Psalm 111:10, NASB).

I find that verse interesting because I’ve come to realize the opposite of wisdom is drama. When we exercise wisdom, we use discretion and we don’t make a scene. When we demonstrate wisdom, we don’t bring distress to others. When we display wisdom, we are not putting ourselves on display.  If fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, which negates drama, then fearing anything other than God is likely to trigger drama.

Instead of fearing God, we often fear:

  • being misunderstood
  • being treated unfairly
  • being embarrassed (by appearing weak or incapable)
  • being rejected
  • being in a situation where we are not in control (My daughter has a fear of flying because she fears not being in control. And let me tell you, she can be drama on the airplane because of it!)

Sometimes we simply fear the worst. That is still a fear of something other than God. It is giving more power to what we fear than to God, who can handle those fears.

In Exodus 14:14 we are told: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV). That is one capable God, able to do far more than our fears, worries or drama can accomplish.

The more you and I get to know who God is and what He is capable of, the more our worries, fears, and freak-outs can be stilled.

We can be full of drama, or full of trust in an all-capable God. I know which one I want to be. Don’t you?

Let me know in the comment section below what you tend to fear more than God and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a free copy of my newest book, Drama Free.

Cindi
About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

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35 Comments

Carla
Reply May 9, 2017

Thank you for this devotional today. My husband is struggling with some fears right now and this is such an encouragement, to be reminded that God is capable.

    Cindi
    Reply May 9, 2017

    Thank you, Carla, for your response. :)

Karen
Reply May 9, 2017

What I tend to fear- which the LORD brought to my attention recently - is being alone without companionship, without friends, without someone to do life with. I am single in my 40's without any children. My parents are still alive. Sometimes I wonder who I will matter to if they should pass away before me. I do have wonderful loving siblings, but they have their own families to look after. I am praying that God will watch over me.

    Cindi
    Reply May 9, 2017

    Thanks, Karen. I know those can be very real fears, but fears God is fully capable of replacing with His peace. Thank you for your heart to surrender it all to Him.

Jerri
Reply May 9, 2017

I truly appreciated this wonderful blessing of a message, today. How powerful is God that I have this verse on my desk (Exodus 14:14) and that He would be fully aware of my fears. Today I fear economic insecurity as I'm a single Mom and recently lost my job. I am going through times of great anxiety over this, panicked feelings, and fear. Gratitude for this reminder today the He is in controls, hears my fears as I lean into Him. Bless you!

    Cindi
    Reply May 9, 2017

    Thank you for your response, Jerri. I'm always encouraged to hear how God confirms things through repetition of His Word. Exodus 14:14 is YOUR verse today. :)

    Pastor Grace Madubuike
    Reply May 14, 2017

    Your comment*
    My fear is not fulfilling my ministry and not doing it accordingly as I can not confidently say l have received the pattern

Bettine Wright
Reply May 9, 2017

I am responsible for producing my Church's weekly bulletin & Order of Service. I get quite agitated when someone points out a typo I've made. I also get very uptight about playing the organ in church because I am too concerned about whether people notice when I play a false note. instead of focusing on the fact that I'm doing it for the Lord, and not for them.

    Cindi
    Reply May 9, 2017

    Oh how that spirit of perfectionism hits us all at times. Thanks for your honesty, Bettine. May He free your heart to serve Him with joy, regardless of the response of others.

Amy Dowty
Reply May 9, 2017

Disappointing others

    Cindi
    Reply May 9, 2017

    Thank you for your comment, Amy. I know how the fear of disappointing others can be stifling at times.

Barbara Y Baldwin
Reply May 9, 2017

Rejection from family and/or friends.

    Cindi
    Reply May 9, 2017

    Thank you, Barbara, for taking the time to comment. :)

Carol Chouinard
Reply May 9, 2017

Cindi, thank you so much. Everytime you speak about this, it just about brings me to tears. There is fear in my heart, I just don't know what it's about. Don't know where it came from, what actually I'm afraid of, all I know is it is far bigger than me, and God is working at Being bigger than that which is causing my fear. When I was newly saved, God delivered me from a fear of heights. I hadn't prayed about it, He just did it. I pray that for your daughter. I want my God to be bigger than anything else in my life. I am purchasing your book, I need it. Thank you for speaking about fears, as you have. I'm grateful.

    Cindi
    Reply May 9, 2017

    Thank you, Carol, for your sweet, encouraging reply. God is so faithful about taking all that we surrender to Him and giving us peace in return.

Bonita Wildflower
Reply May 9, 2017

HOW TIMELY! Your words are Exactly what was needed TODAY!

Cindy Williams
Reply May 9, 2017

I have been going through so much drama at work. As a Christian, I struggle with the lady that hates me. I struggle with the new boss that wants to replace me. I have been so fearful of getting fired, but now I am not. I wrestled with this for at least a week or more; I was afraid of not having enough to pay bills. I know God will help me no matter what is going on. I believe that God may be transitioning me to another place. I believe doors are going to open.

Pam
Reply May 9, 2017

I think they go together...........always being alone and never being really loved for myself!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise Mckee
Reply May 10, 2017

Fear for loved ones who are not saved

Jessica
Reply May 10, 2017

So timely!! My mother sent me this and she was right - the message would be pertinent to a specific situation. It certainly is and I'm re-reading to let Gods truth sink in.

Thank-you. I'm interested in your book either way!!!

Bonnie
Reply May 10, 2017

My fear has been about being rebuked and rejected by my pastor. After many church hurts and feeling totally broken, I found healing by coming into total submission to God and asking pastor for forgiveness for anything I had done. That was so hard but it set me free

Nataliya
Reply May 10, 2017

Thank you, Cindi, so much for your message! And thank you for your ministry - I have read 3 of your books so far, bought 4 more and planning on getting all of them eventually, because I found them to be very useful and encouraging! And this message about fears, oh, how appropriate it is for me! It is hard to confess but I fear to disappoint people... yes, I am a people-pleaser. My everyday struggle is to purposefully choose who matters most to me, God or people. and honestly, not always I make good choices... and your message made me thinking about and encouraged to read more about fear of God in the Bible, thank you!

    Cindi
    Reply May 10, 2017

    Thank you, Natalia for reading my books and for taking the time to comment. I'm glad this message came at a good time for you. :)

Debbie
Reply May 10, 2017

Cindi,
Your words are so inspiring and thought provoking.
I am on Ch 3 of Drama Free and it is one of those books that you just can't put down. I look forward to ordering some of your other books as you are truly gifted in spreading the gospel. Thank you!

    Cindi
    Reply May 11, 2017

    Thank you, Debbie, for your kind words... they are so encouraging. And thank you for reading Drama Free. :)

Bonnie
Reply May 11, 2017

I fear losing different aspects of my health. I've already lost some, and may be losing more. Thanks, Cindi. I'd love to get your book through the drawing.

    Cindi
    Reply May 11, 2017

    Thanks, Bonnie, for taking the time to comment.

Tia
Reply May 11, 2017

I fear that people will think I am inadequate or not capable, and that tends to make me very agitated. Sometimes I think that fear paralyses me more than helps me.

    Cindi
    Reply May 11, 2017

    Thanks for your input, Tia. I think we all can relate.

Ayda
Reply May 13, 2017

Thank you Cindi for your inspirational and encouraging message. I am in one those moments in life that I don't know what to do with my life, or where to be. I am 58 years old. I have a daughter,we live together and who always fights with me and she never appreciate what I did for her or what actually I'm doing for her. I'm supporting her and her baby, my granddaughter. I'm the only one working and I'm always fear to leave her alone and she has to take care of herself and her daughter. So one day she will appreciate me.

Tomi
Reply May 15, 2017

I'm newly married and I'm scared I might not be happy... Already I see signs of my husband being strict and uptight, that is mighty scary, I'm scared I might let someone else feel the void and I won't love my husband like i'm supposed to.

    Cindi
    Reply May 15, 2017

    Tomi: Thank you for sharing what you fear. My book, Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, would help you with where you are right now because it helps a woman find Christ as her first love. Only Christ Jesus can fill the void in our lives, and keep us from looking to our husbands or anyone else to fill us completely. I also have some free articles on my Articles of Encouragement page to help you look to God, not your husband, to fill you completely. Thanks for sharing. I was once there, myself.

Adeola Abimbola
Reply May 17, 2017

Thanks so much for this piece. It's really a blessing to me. Am praying God should help me to surrender all my fears of the unknown to Him. I want to trust Him completely. Your blog is indeed a blessing.

Janet
Reply May 24, 2017

Prayer led me to your site today on a google search for how to parent 2 daughters going through a turbulent time during which I seem to be their 'whipping' post - I fear having failed them during an abusive marriage and now a separation fraught with toxicity.

    Cindi
    Reply May 24, 2017

    Janet: I'm glad you found my site. I have some free articles under "Articles of Encouragement" that will encourage you when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship with your daughters. You might also want to check out my books, When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter, and 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom. In the latter, I write about God's ability to "filter the garbage" and also "fill in the gaps" when it comes to our parenting and the situations our children have been through and I know that would be encouraging to you right now. Blessings.

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