DAY 4 - The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
The other day I was reading my Bible and Proverbs 28:1 really struck a chord in my heart… ‘the righteous are as bold as a lion.’ There was something very impactful about that statement and it has not left me since. Perhaps it’s obvious to you, but I wanted to explore the meaning of this further.
I do not know much about lions. In fact, I avoid watching educational lion programs (my boys love them!) because I don’t like seeing one animal kill another. But there is something striking about the way lions conduct themselves in nature. They are fearless. They are confident. They are beautiful. Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard 5 miles away and it’s intended to terrify all who hear it (Got Questions article). This is in order to establish territory and communicate their power.
A lion is often referred to as the king of the jungle. Why? Well, I found this on the BBC earth website:
The word jungle has its roots is the Hindi word ‘jangle’ which means forest or wasteland - the latter could easily be applied to a savannah.
Lions live in the savannah, so I guess you could say that while they don’t live in jungles, their conduct is very ‘kingly’. This is true when you think about another title that a lion carries, which is ‘king of the beasts.’ They have this title because they fear no other animal. For me, that is simply ‘wow!’
Fascinatingly, God has identified Himself with a lion in scripture. Revelations 5:5 is an example:
“And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
One of God’s titles is ‘Lion of the tribe of Judah’ and even more fascinating is that Judah means praise. I could probably write an entire thesis on that, but I’ll spare you.
So when I think about Proverbs 28:1 there are a few things that come to mind…
Righteousness means to be right with God. Jesus made this possible for us when He gave His life for us. He took on the sin of mankind so that we could become righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). I have often heard this referred to as the ‘divine exchange’. Because of Jesus we can enjoy all the benefits of salvation, especially being right with God.
Being made righteous has many benefits but Proverbs 28:1 highlights boldness as one. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, boldness is ‘showing a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous.’ The Greek Lexicon refers to it as being used in a good sense in terms of the security of the righteous. How I interpret this is that when we are righteous, we become secure in God. It’s from that place of security that we can take risks, be confident and courageous because we know that God is on our side and He is with us.
If you have God on your side, what is there to fear? I’m not suggesting that we never fear because we all have fears and we all feel fearful at times (how often God tells us not to fear in scripture!). But what I am suggesting is that when you have those thoughts and feelings the answer to them is knowing that God is with you, He is for you, He is on your side and there is nothing that you can’t overcome. This can be outplayed in many different ways. For example, perhaps you know that you need to stand up for the weak and marginalised but you fear that if you do, you will be rejected by people. The answer is being bold as a lion and do it anyway! Or maybe you know that God is calling you to do something that you would rather not do, maybe because you feel insecure or worried about the outcome. The answer? Be bold as a lion and go with God! Maybe you want to start a new business but you’re afraid of failing? Be bold as a lion and start! I love the acronym ‘YOLO.’ It means ‘you only live once’ which suggests that you need to make the most of every moment in your God-given life.
I have to be honest, when I first started my music career/ministry (whatever you like to call it), it was a risk. I had real confidence issues. I didn’t even think I could sing very well (honestly, that is the truth). I wasn’t sure if my songs were good enough. I had so many questions, worries, concerns. Yet I knew that God was calling me to ‘step out the boat and walk on the water’ with my eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. I knew that there were people waiting for the ministry God had given me. I knew that if I didn’t pursue this dream right there and then, I most likely never would. It would have gone to the grave with me.
When people send me messages and tell me how much my songs, voice, ministry, music has blessed them, I rejoice that I am fulfilling my calling from God. He wants to use my life as a message of hope and encouragement to people all over the world. There is only one of me in the world and no one else can sing with my voice. I’m not the best singer in the world by any means but my voice is unique to me and God has given it to me for the purpose of blessing people. When I do that, it’s so honouring to Him.
So my question to you is, what are you facing at this moment in time that requires courage and confidence? What ares of your life do you need boldness? As God for help because He is with you. You can trust Him.