Be Bold in Christ’s Righteousness
The wicked [KJV: “lawless”] flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
I love the 23rd Psalm, particularly the verse that says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” The man or woman of God, who like David has been made righteous by the righteousness imputed to him by Christ, confidently expects the goodness and grace of the Lord to follow him everywhere he goes (Romans 8:28). The natural person should expect exactly the opposite. He should look over his shoulder, anticipating only wrath and anger (Romans 2:8).
We’re told by modern psychologists that humankind’s problems stem from a guilt complex. If we could only get rid of our guilt, we’d be able to toss off our fears and anxieties, our phobias and our psychoses. But the Bible says that our guilt can only be washed away by the blood of Christ. Guilt is real, and its cause is self-seeking sin and the rejection of God’s truth.
Throughout Scripture, the Messiah is known as the Lion of Judah (Genesis 49:9; Hosea 5:14; 11:10; Revelation 5:5). Christ is that Lion and His righteous ones may be as bold as He is. No longer beset with guilt that causes him to fear, the Christian can look forward with confidence (Philippians 3:13). His Master and Brother is not just king of the jungle but King of Kings.
Adam and Eve. Following their sin they hid in the garden. Why? Because they were afraid. Although they were naked before the Fall, (perhaps covered with a shimmering glow of righteousness), it was the shame and guilt of their sin that exposed their nakedness to their eyes, and brought fear (Genesis 3:9-10).
Caleb and Joshua. While the other 10 spies at Kadesh Barnea were fearful of giants, these men were bold as lions and confidently argued for an immediate attack and occupation of what God had promised (Numbers 14:6-10).
Prayer of Application
Sovereign Lord, you are truly the Lion of Judah. Even today You are in control of all things. Make me bold, Lord, in the knowledge that through Your strengthening, I can do all things.
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley
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