In the dim light, a small boy was afraid and shouted at his father. He said he saw a strange animal inside his room. When the lights were switched on, it was just a stuffed new toy. The boy fled when no one chased him. Wicked people are like that. The righteous people are bold as lions while the wicked flee when no one pursues. (Proverbs 28:1) The wicked are generally filled with fear, guilt, confusion, and anxiety. These internal forces drive them to despair as they are under God’s displeasure and wrath. God warned Israel, if they sin, they will be judged. That is naturally applicable to the wicked. “The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight.” (Leviticus 23:36) The wicked are like chaff driven by the wind. (Psalms 1:4)
Good conscience: Guilt and shame would make the wicked flee. The righteous have a good conscience that is clean as sprinkled with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10:22)
Know the truth: Righteous people know the truth. The truth is that they are sinners, and there is salvation only through Lord Jesus Christ. They are justified by faith. (Romans 5:1) Hence, there is no guilt, no fear.
Do right: Righteous people discern what is right and do the will of God. When the righteous do the will of God, they are protected by God. Even if there are dangers, the Lord transforms those hard situations into victory.
No fear: Righteous fear God, and they do not fear anything else. Death has no power over them. Goodness and mercy follow the righteous. (Psalms 23:6)
Focussed: The lions do not eat any animal that comes their way. It has choices and preferences. After choosing the target, the lion pursues and kills its prey. Righteous people have a vision and relentlessly fulfill the God-given vision.
Eternal perspective: Righteousness operates not on just the present situation. They always live from the Eternal perspective.
Protection: Lord protects the righteous and saves them from troubles. (Psalms 37:39) This divine protection provides confidence and boldness that of the lion to the righteous.
Am I bold as a lion?