Proverbs 28:1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Here is an interesting connection. Right living results in bold living while wicked living results in fearful living. This is something that Solomon observed in his lifetime. It does not mean that all acts of boldness throughout history were done by righteous men. It does not mean that upright people do not have fears.
If you are a liar, you are in fear of being found out, if you have stolen you are in fear of being caught, if you are cheating on your mate, you live in fear of being discovered. A life of looking over your shoulder is not much of a life.
But, if we are right with God, who do we really have to be afraid of? There is ultimate security in a life right with God, which allows a believer an inner security that produces boldness likened to the lion.
The lion, king of beasts, regal in stature, lives in the open on the plains of Africa. Man is his only enemy. He is powerful and deadly in combat and his roar can be heard for up to five miles away.
Christian reformer John Knox, a wonderful example of Christian boldness, was famous for his slogan “Give me Scotland or I die!”
Beatings, persecution and being condemned as a galley slave did not stop him. The corrupt Mary Queen of Scots stated “I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe.”
So how about us? Start now. Live fearlessly, live boldly, live righteously!