Words of Truth from the Proverbs
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Have you ever noticed how people with a guilty conscience are always on the defensive? Even when no one is questioning them, they seem to have to have an answer for everything.
I love watching children. For many of them they are too young to have learned to hide their guilt very well. You can walk into a room where a child had been left to themselves for a short while and simply ask, “Hey, what are you doing?” Their eyes get really big, they start stuttering and looking around the room and they answer, “Nothing…”
Well, as soon as you see or hear this response, you can bet there was something going on that they don’t want you to know about. You might look around and realize that there is one or two cookies missing from the pile or the change that was left on the table is now missing. Long before you bring accusation or a charge against them, they are already looking for an out or an excuse… “Uh, I think the dog must have eaten them.”
The sad reality is if someone continues in their sin as they grow into adulthood, they become masters of deception and distraction. Even when no one accuses them of anything, they begin making up excuses or alibies to cover their tracks. Long before a charge is brought against them, they are already mounting their defense, trying to cover their lie or hiding their sin.
But the righteous don’t have to be that way. Whenever you speak the truth, you don’t need to remember what you said, you just need to remember the truth. When we know we are walking in integrity, we can be open and candid with everyone. The righteous can be bold as a lion because they don’t have anything to hide.
Let us be the ones who walk in integrity and simple obedience to the Spirit of God in our lives. Then we can walk boldly in the midst of the world around us, shining the light of the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever we go.