The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
What a contrast we read of here. One FLEES, the other is BOLD.
I know what it is like to be bold, and I also (regrettably) know what it’s like to flee. What about you?
I know there are times I have fled from God. I have turned and run – not outwardly – but certainly in my heart because I chose the path of my sinful desires over repentance and the way of the Lord.
And so I ended up fleeing from His promises, fleeing from the test He has in front of me, fleeing from the opportunity He was presenting to bless me.
Like the person described in this Proverb, in those times we flee though “no one is pursuing”. In other words, no one is coming after us, there is nothing is fear. God still extends His hand of mercy and grace to us, even in our sinful fleeing. He is calling us, longing for us to return to Him.
On the other hand, the righteous person is as BOLD as a lion. It is amazing, that when we walk in right relationship with God, a sense of boldness rises upon us.
When we walk closely with the Lord, we become aware of His love, of His Spirit, and of His supernatural provision in our life. And it makes us bold. If He’s for us, who can be against us?
We need boldness. In facing every challenge life throws at us, in confronting the intimidation of the enemy, in embracing change and walking in the promises of God – we need to walk in boldness. And it is the righteousness of Christ that gives it to us.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for Jesus and His perfect sacrifice. I surrender myself and my sin to you and I quit running. I humbly put myself “in Christ” and receive fresh boldness from you today, in Jesus name, Amen.