"The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1
The dictionary describes boldness as a lack of hesitation or fear in the face of danger. It defines this trait as courageous, pushing behind the limits of what is thought possible. It seems appropriate then that God calls the righteous “bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1).” God always calls us to something courageous, beyond the limit the world would say is possible or normal. So as a believer, what does it look like to be as bold as a lion?
1. Live above reproach.
Proverbs 28:1 is comparing the actions of the wicked and the righteous. While the wicked run, the righteous stand firm. Why? Sin makes cowards of men. It makes us run in fear and shame. But walking uprightly, living above reproach, gives us the ability to face any person or situation confidently with a clear conscience. Proverbs 30:30 describes a lion in a list of wise and stately creatures. The writer gives us a glimpse of the dignity and confidence of those who walk wisely. Godly boldness leads to life. It leads to courage. It leads to boldness. Boldness without wisdom destroys and devours.
2. Be men and women of action.
Godly boldness is action despite the risk. It trusts God fully and moves forward in confidence. This kind of boldness asserts. Boldness outside of the Holy Spirit’s control tends towards aggression and a struggle for power. God calls us to be bold in a way that blesses those around us. Boldness is a gift from the Lord. It empowers us to share the gospel fearlessly like the apostle Paul (Ephesians 6:19). Paul shared the gospel fearlessly, despite prison, beatings, criticism, and rejection because he confidently knew his God, and the God He served gave him confidence beyond anything worldly.
3. Walk in humility.
Boldness can easily sway away from confidence and towards pride and a haughty demeanor. God uses the analogy of a lion to describe our coming King – the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5) – but He also uses a devouring lion on the prowl to describe the devil (1 Peter 5:8). We have a choice. We can operate in godly boldness, a reflection of our courageous King who died on our behalf. Or we can operate in an aggressive boldness that devours and destroys those around us. There is no in between.
The righteous are as bold as a lion. They follow the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. We defend and protect those around us, humbly and confidently pointing them to the way of life using God’s Word. Acclaimed preacher, Charles Spurgeon, even compared the Bible to a lion: “The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.” We have a bold God, and the more we follow Him and learn His ways. It’s time to rise up, believer. It’s time to be as bold as a lion.