August 06, 2020 – Thursday
Proverbs 28:1 NIV
1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Before leaving Proverbs, I could not pass up the opportunity to comment on one of my favorite verses within Proverbs of the half dozen or so I have. It is the verse above and I can recall when it became a favorite how certain behaviors changed.
For example, driving down the highway I was often speeding, and it was often excessive. As a result anytime a police car or a highway patrol car came within my view I was just as often doing my best to slow down before being detected, even going so far as to take an immediate exit if possible at times.
All that changed as a born-again Christian. Oh, I was still speeding, but not so excessively. Plus, I was not intent on evading if I was picked up by radar. Nor was I going to concoct some story to justify my speeding. Instead, I was going to take my medicine as it were. In essence, I became as bold as a lion as I went up and down the highway.
No longer upon seeing a police or highway patrol car did I hurriedly check and change my speed wondering if I was going to get pulled over. I simply kept driving calm as I could be or as this verse would say as bold as a lion. Sure, I was often times speeding, but usually it was simply keeping up with the traffic. I didn’t become one of those who takes up a lane barely doing the speed limit slowing everyone down. On the freeway for instance my speed was between 5 and 9 miles over the posted limit as a rule. Going by the highway patrol many a time and never got pulled over.
Looking at the commentaries, I found Guzik quoted Kidner saying The straightforward man, like the lion, has no need to look over his shoulder. What is at his heels is not his past (Numbers 32:23 But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out) but his rearguard: God’s goodness and mercy (Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever). Guzik also quoted Ross saying The proverb implies that the wicked, prompted by a guilty conscience or a fear of judgment, become fearful and suspicious of everyone. Certainly, that was true of me and my excessive speeding.
Benson’s Commentary was a bit more direct as it said of The wicked flee though no one pursues the following, Because a consciousness of their guilt excites in them a continual expectation and dread of God’s judgment. Spot on! Then about the righteous are as bold as a lion he adds Are courageous and resolute, having the testimony of a good conscience, and assurance of the divine favour and protection, and the supports and consolations of the Holy Ghost.
Bottom line: life is simply different for the saved. Those saved by Grace know something about their future the unsaved do not know or only suspect. As one of those who have received unmerited favor our behavior changes over time as our life begins to reflect more and more our status as an ambassador of God as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. Everything is different. Everything.
Last note no longer was I saying ‘bad things’ about those who were driving as I used to do, instead I prayed common sense would prevail before they got into an auto accident. Did not matter if they were tailgating me or weaving in and out of traffic trying to make time up for some reason. I did not want them caught or cursed (as I used to do). Just wanted them safe as well as those around them on the road, often saying a short prayer for them.