Bold as a Lion
Monday, January 29, 2018
The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are bold as a lion.
In her fascinating history of the telegraph, Linda Rosenkrantz relates that Mark Twain reputedly sent a telegram to twelve friends with the message: “Flee at once—all is discovered.” And supposedly all twelve left town within twenty-four hours! She reports that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did the same thing in London—with the same result.
We may not be absolutely certain these things happened—we don’t have documentation—but they most certainly could have happened. For a guilty conscience is a fountain of fear. The wicked flee when no one pursues. A simple practical joke will do.
Even the pagans understood that psychology. “Fear betrays a degenerate soul,” says Dido the Queen in Virgil’s Aeneid. Therefore, since Aeneas shows no fear (she thinks) he must be “born of a goddess.”
What the pagans dimly knew, Solomon brings into the brilliant light of day. Wickedness and righteousness are not simply moral labels. They don’t just describe character, they affect the way you think, feel, and live your life every day. Sin will make you weak; godliness will make you strong.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. It is good beyond words to be home (at last!). Let this be our prayer: Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies (Ps. 27:11). And may the Spirit of God meet with us this day.
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