Proverbs is a practical book filled with "sound bites" of God's wisdom. As we read, we need to remember that a proverb isn't a promise that God will always respond to our behavior in a certain way, but a memorable phrase that points to truth beyond itself. Proverbs are God's guidelines for wise living, not his guarantees for prosperity or blessing.
Read Proverbs 22:13
The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside!"
or, "I'll be killed in the public square!"
Have you ever used fear or anxiety as an excuse not to do the right thing? Or, have you ever allowed fear to keep you paralyzed or "stuck"?
Father, teach me to stop using fear as a reason for refusing to do the right thing. Help me discern between appropriate caution and faithless anxiety. Help me to trust you enough to proceed, even when I'm tempted to give in to fear.