Fav Provs 28: Fear and Confidence

Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee though no one pursues

but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

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The picture of the wicked1 drew me to this proverb; a guy running away even though nobody pursues. Fear of what? Nothing. Nobody’s chasing you. It is this fear that pervades our society (in different ways) and Christians are not exempt. Thus this proverb for me is an encouragement to interrogate my fears as there will be some aspects of that fear that are right and some where I’m running away from nothing.

In light of that fear, confidence or bold-ness sets that fear in sharp relief.2 This is not presumption or arrogance, but trust and assurance. For those whose trust in Jesus, there is NOW no condemnation. That must issue out into our lives. How we move from fear of nothing to confident trust is a work of the Spirit, making us more like Christ. Jesus didn’t run away from nothing, but with boldness set his face towards Jerusalem, towards the cross.

This work of the one Spirit, in all who trust in Jesus, will be highly individual – slower for some, quicker for others, more full-er for others. There is no recipe for us to follow except, as Psalm 1 says, a constant murmuring on God’s Word amongst his people.


  1. I see ‘wicked’ as all sinful humanity, and still residing in Christians and warring against our new nature until Jesus returns. 
  2. Not only does fear of nothing pervade our culture, but so to does the boldness of the righteous. While this can often lead to arrogance, Western culture benefits from the boldness that comes from the good news. 

Series heads up: Fav Proverbs

As I settle into Cambodia, I wanted to keep blogging. But I’m not ready to blog on my experience here just yet. I’m journaling and that will provide me with fodder for a ‘first impresssions’ or ‘settling in’ series at some stage.

So, for now, I’m going to blog on some of my favourite proverbs. Two reasons, here.

to-do-list-long12I’ve been read the book monthly for a while now and so I took one of those months to jot down every proverb that stood out to me. I was thinking that I’d just pick my favourites from that list. However, my list exploded. So instead of sifting through all 95 of my favourites to find a couple, I’ve taken another tack. I found the chapter with the most proverbs that I liked in it. That chapter will form this first series. Based on how I’m going, I may do multiple favourite proverbs series.

 

Stay tuned next week for Proverbs 28. You could read through and try to guess which one’s will make it in the series. There were 11, so you’ve got a 1 in 3 chance of picking one of them.