By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

What is the biggest reason, you believe, people choose to cover up dark truthful realities about themselves?
This was the question I posed to 20 plus individuals.
The responses were provoking and while many asserted a similar answer, it struck me curious, that everyone returned with a response:
1) Fear of man.
2) Fear of reprisal, rejection, response ... from men.
3) Shame.
4) Fear of vulnerability and exposure.
5) Fear that "the reality" might become one's identity.
6) Fear of having to change.
7) "I chose to cover-up for the longest time because I was enjoying the darkness for the longest time."
While #7 garners my interest ... it's the "fear" factor that I'm so struck by, because it parallels the thing which is being learned in my present and personal life:
Until the "fear of God" prevails over the "fear of man" our lives are stunted, inhibited, and prohibited from experiencing full and complete redemption and healing in Christ.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding."
Proverbs 9:10
.... And the middle and end as well,
 My soul adds.
Am I so dull and dim-witted, my soul wonders, that I am only just beginning to understand the power of this reality?
Am I so slow that only now I am beginning to comprehend the meaning of what the fear of the Lord is to impose upon our lives?
The fear of the Lord is to infuse our souls with liberty and freedom and relieve us from the fear of man.
To get the order wrong is to miss the whole meaning of redemption and all its glorious, weighty, wondrous meaning.
The fear of the Lord is liberating,
And healing.
The fear of the Lord relieves us from living in the shadow of the fear of man ...
And allows us to breathe again,
Live again,
And be truthful.
Until our dark truthful realities are exposed;
Redemption, simply, has no place to go;

No place to overflow.
So much to thing about these days.
Proverbs 4 is really blessing me.
So is ...
The fear of the Lord.
"The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe."
Proverbs 29:25