Evil people run [flee]·even though
[or when] no one is chasing [pursues] them
but good [righteous] people are as brave
[confident] as a lion (Proverbs 28:1 Expanded Bible).
This one verse says relates to the many promises and warnings of God in Leviticus 26. God’s people must follow His commandments. Jesus affirmed he came to fulfill the Law, the psalms and the prophets! Solomon encourages the righteous and helps them stand strong in difficult times.
The righteous man has no need to fear, because what leads and follows him is the goodness and mercy of God—not his past or wrong doings. Psalm 23 says it wonderfully:
Surely your goodness and love [loyalty; mercy]
will be with [pursue; follow] me all my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever
[ for length of days] (Psalm 23:6 Expanded Bible).
The Holy Spirit, also known as the Helper within the believer, encourages us to follow God’s ways and learn of Him. Our job is to step into that encouragement. What a blessing that the Helper enables us to know God in ways non-believers cannot.
However, the wicked, or ungodly, walk in confusion and fear because they do not follow God’s Word and ways. For disobedience to the Holy One there is an awful price to pay.
The kindness and severity of God can be seen throughout history—from Adam through our Savior Jesus Christ. By God’s kindness – through Jesus—we’ve been grafted into the cultivated tree—of Abraham. Solomon’s message is to encourage the righteous and help them stand strong in difficult times.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the Helper who leads us into obedience, truth, and confidence. He helps us know you better day by day.