Wisdom Brings Courage

Proverbs 28:1 says,

“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

DSC00936 - CopyWhy is that?

Those who choose not to trust in God and spurn his instruction don’t have the security  of knowing who’s in control of their lives. Our natural human impulse is to rely on ourselves and our own good sense. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we realize–even if only on a subconscious level–that we really can’t control anything. (Perhaps this is why Proverbs 28:26 tells us that “those who trust their own insight are foolish.”) Realizing our lack of control naturally breeds insecurity, which fuels fear and anxiety about what will happen to us next. We see threats around every corner, and therefore “flee though no one pursues” us.

Yet the same verse goes on to say that “anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.” Likewise, Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Those who acknowledge God are the “righteous” ones we read about in verse 28:1. God rewards us when we make the wise choice to follow his ways.

It’s hard to overestimate how comforting it is to know that the God of the universe is watching out for you. When we encounter reasons for anxiety–and who doesn’t on a daily basis?–all we need to do to overcome it is to acknowledge God’s supremacy and grace. That’s why Paul instructs us in Phillipians 4:6-7 to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Notice that Paul doesn’t promise that God will immediately resolve the situation in the way we want Him to–but he will take away our anxiety over it.

If we will stop for a moment and soak in that truth, we will indeed realize that we can approach every challenge in life as boldly as a lion.