In an effort to be honest, the book of Proverbs is a little tough for me. The seemingly random collection of thoughts makes it a challenge for me to follow. Sometimes I picture Solomon staring at a blank screen on his Macbook trying to figure out what to write his book about. Being up against a deadline with his publisher, he finally decides to write down everything he knows on index cards, shuffle them, and bam, he’s got a book. Now, I know that all scripture is inspired by God, but for me, this book is just difficult to follow.
As difficult as Proverbs can be to follow, every now and again, something jumps out and grabs my attention. Today as I was reading, this verse really hit me.
“The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.”
In one sentence I think Solomon captures something that a lot of believers, myself included, struggle with regularly. When things get hard, sometimes it feels easier to run or withdraw than to fight through the uncomfortable or awkward with boldness to pursue all God has called you to.
The truth of the Christian life is that it is one of purpose, not one of ease or comfort. God has called us to great things but it requires a high level of boldness to live out that calling. Take a look at the Apostles in the Acts 4…
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.
It not about education, it’s not about status, it’s about Godliness and boldness. God really has called each of us to do great things in His name for His Kingdom. If we are going to accomplish the things He’s called us to, or make an impact in the Kingdom, we must go forward with boldness. But not just a little boldness, the boldness of a lion. The type of boldness that communicates, “I belong here,” “I’m on a mission.”
Think about your own life, when have you chosen to run away or withdraw when you should have proceeded with boldness? When was the last time that you were bold, pushed through some awkward situation, and saw God use that to do something incredible? I’m not talking about being rude, mean, or dismissive to others; we need to honor people in the way we communicate. But boldness and honor are not mutually exclusive. When we learn how to make the two work together, we can accomplish great things. Pursue all that God is calling you to with the boldness of a lion.