Proverbs 28: King James Bible
Bold as a Lion – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verse 1
1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Bold as a Lion
This is a great first verse to kick off chapter 28! Why would anyone flee when nobody’s giving chase? Because the person running away thinks that there must be someone after him. He’s done something that warrants being chased, and fears for being caught.
There is something that the Lord said in an earlier chapter that may explain a very good reason the wicked would be constantly looking over their shoulder. That would be the declaration the Lord made, that the fears of the wicked will come upon them.
Fear is one of the contributing characteristics in the overall makeup of the heart of the wicked. This fear is an element that causes people to avoid the Lord. God is Love, and perfect love casts out fear. If someone is wicked, that fear in their heart will cause for them to turn tail in the face of the love of the Lord.
Some people fear the thought of going to church. Others fear opening and reading any part of the Bible. When there’s a song giving praise to the Lord within earshot, they either need to remove themselves or do anything to shut it off. That is self preservation at its finest.
Self preservation for every wicked thing that doesn’t want to face the weight of the Word of the Lord, and doesn’t want to be relocated from the heart that they’re squatting in. Yes, I’m talking about demons. They thrive alongside fear, and there are those who specialize in fear.
The wicked (be they human or demonic) all know in their heart of hearts that there is a reckoning coming. The reason why they’d flee when nobody is giving chase, is because they haven’t got a clue when it’s coming.
The righteous are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Being righteous doesn’t mean someone is perfect. But even if the righteous mess up somehow, they don’t flee, but instead repents. They’d own up to whatever it is and seek out the Lord, rather than run away from him.
I’m referring to someone who truly is righteous, not someone who gives off the appearance of righteousness, but inwardly are not. Righteousness is the inward and outward gift that we enjoy when we’re in right standing with God Almighty, through the belief and reception of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we’re in right standing with the Lord, fear will always take a back seat to the Love of the Father, which we seek diligently. There’s no place or room for fear when love is around, because perfect love (which is love of the Father) casts it out.
Where there’s no fear, there’s place given for boldness. Boldness comes when we’re right with the Lord, no matter what the consequences. Boldness to do right, to stand for what’s right, and to take comfort knowing that the Lord is always right there.
This is a great reason to get into the Word of the Lord, study it, pray about it, contemplate the matters of your heart against it, be washed by it, and get a firm grip of understanding concerning it. If we don’t know what the Lord has deemed right, we’ll not know what we can stand boldly for. And if we stand boldly for things that the Lord isn’t good with, then what are we doing?
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 3: King James Bible
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Hebrews 13: King James Bible
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
1 John 4: King James Bible
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us.
Thank you for the verse above, and for allowing us to be righteous in you, with you, and through you. Help us to recognize this gift you’ve given, and may your love shed abroad unto every one of your children, who is called by your name. May it force any fears to be removed from the Body of Christ, and may your instruction grant us all the boldness required to rightly make a stand in your honor against wickedness, and in your service according to your will. This we pray and thank youf or in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you always looking over your shoulder, or are you as bold as a lion?
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs P. 3- Fear of the Lord
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