Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Here’s a verse that throws in the face of what the wicked person portrays about himself. The wicked man is the one who roars right?. He is the bully at school that picks on the smaller kids. He is the one who pursues others in dark alleys with knives and guns. These may even have admiring followers in school or in gangs or even on the job who back them up and give a sense of credibility… these paint themselves as the king of the jungle, bold and unafraid. But Solomon teaches us that underneath their facade they are not fierce lions at all but scaredy cats.
You see, their lifestyle of wickedness carries with it a long list of bullying and taking from and taking advantage of and using others. Yes, in school and daily life including at work. They are deceivers and manipulators who have learned that by building and puffing themselves up... by being aggressive and domineering their pretense becomes a defensive tool as well as an offensive instrument for intimidation.
So why would they flee even when no one pursues? For one I think it just might be because they always have reason to be looking over their shoulder. They are paranoid and it may be with good reason. Another thing… as we looked at… they use their facade to actually avoid honest confrontation. In other words they cannot make a good case for truth. They hold to the view that no one will argue with them if they carry a big stick and so they run away from honest discourse because it scares them to death. They are scaredy cats with good reason for sure.
You know, before we see Jesus as beautiful we are the same way toward God. We cannot make a good case for our sin… still, we act bold as a lion towards God and continue to sin and we keep on avoiding coming to him in humility and honesty. In John 3 Jesus explained this to Nicodemus: John 3:19 …the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
But thankfully the true Lion of the tribe of Judah who judges the living and the dead doesn’t wait on us in our wickedness to come to him... it would never happen. Instead, He is the one who peruses us.
You know, the wicked man keeps looking over his shoulder even when no one is after him... because he has done so many people wrong.
But Jesus peruses is even as he knows we abide in wickedness... Jesus pursues us not to destroy us or pay us for our sins but to save us from the end of wickedness and show us he is the treasure greater than any wicked sin we might search out. He wants us to find fullness of joy in him.
Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
If Jesus has sought you out and shown you he is the greatest treasure worth following after for the rest of your life. Thank him joyfully and share this good news of great joy with others.
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Sincerely, Robin Aylor