The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Opening this proverb is a key truth of God that we need today. People are running for their lives; they are fleeing something that they don’t understand. The more people are infected and the more who die the greater the fear becomes. Someone has counted the words “Fear not” about 365 times in the Bible. Yes, that is one for every day. God knows our hearts and knows how quickly we can run to fear. In a world filled with fear, we who follow Christ, who have His eternal Spirit in us, should not be running in fear. Remember the words of Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”
The second part of this proverb speaks to the attitude of the righteous. The righteous are those who seeking the Lord enjoy His righteousness, live above the guilt of their sin, and know that Jesus already paid that debt. Here we are taught that the righteous have a boldness, similar to the boldness of a lion. In the movie Lion King, one character asked the young lion king what he was afraid of. The other character said, “He is not afraid of anything, he is at the top of the food chain.” Since Jesus already defeated death, we don’t need to flee in fear. Death is defeated for us as well.
As a pastor, I have done many funerals. Those who know their loved one closed their eyes in death to open them in the presence of Jesus had a comfort unique to Christians. I have been with Christians who breathed their last breath, they were peaceful, not fighting but relaxing in the arms of Jesus. Yes, the righteous face the greatest fear with boldness. But, those without Christ, the wicked hearted, selfish people of this world are running here and there in fear. We should be people of such peace that those around us will wonder why we are not more like them. This pandemic is growing, it might take some of us. While we will fight to live, let us not run in fear. Let us rest in faith that God is with us from the cradle to the grave and then we will be with Him forever. “Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.”
I trust your Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday, was as blessed as ours. We enjoyed sharing the video of our service in Jakarta, and then Caleb called to talk about the sermon which he watched with us from China. We had lunch, rested, and then reflected, sang, and waited for our son’s churches in the US to begin their services. We watched all of Steve’s service, the music in Ben’s service, and the sermon in Justin’s service. We got in bed and then Stefani and Dwayne called us to enjoy some of their Easter Sunday with us. Please understand, all of this was possible because Jesus rose from the dead. If he had died like all other religious founders, we would not be following Him, there would not be an Easter Sunday, and as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15, above all men we would be the most to be pitied. Yes, the Savior rose and promised to raise us like Him when the Father is ready.
Have a great day in the Lord,