Verse 1- The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
To put trust in anything that has any potential of failing whatsoever is to have a trust that can fail at some point. If what you are trusting is able to fail then you will run away when things get tough since you cannot be sure that what you are trusting won’t also run away. Your faith is only as strong as the thing you are trusting. Those who trust what can never be overcome are the ones who have no need to fear – ever.
The problem with Christians who live in fear is the size of their God, their understanding of His absolute control over absolutely everything and, no doubt, their failure to look up when everything is taking them down. The wicked flee because they should. Against our God they should be terrified. The righteous who live in fear are denying the power that is theirs in Christ.
What causes you to fear? It is not as big as God and God is for you. There are many things that make people afraid – life threatening illness, unemployment, opposition, persecution. The list can get very long. Proverbs 28:1 says that it is the wicked who flee and it is the righteous who are bold.
Being cowardly is to be like the wicked. Those who trust Christ will not flee like the wicked. Why? Because the One whom we trust is greater than everyone and everything. All things come from Him. He works out everything for our good. He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. He has not given us a spirit of fear. The wicked fear even when there is no trouble. But we will not fear even when there is. Why? Because of the One we trust.
Only when God ceases to be in control will we give way to fear. And when will that be? Never. Christian, whether someone pursues you or not, you do not need to fear.