It was in the back of the Edinburgh Castle that my cousin found the origin of our family name, Leonardy, belonging to my maternal grandmother. It is a very old name originating in Gascogne, France. The original bearer of this name was thought to be as bold as a lion. So the name meaning, “lion-bold” was given to this individual. Although my Grandmother married into this name, she certainly showed courage living to the ripe old age of almost 105!
Today’s verse describes the righteous as being as bold as a lion. This is in contrast to the wicked whose guilt makes them fearful. The wicked flee even though they are not being pursued. Knowing in their heart that they are deserving of punishment, they run. In contrast are the righteous or those who are in right standing with God. They are not running and they are not fearful because they are assured of God’s forgiveness. This position of righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:22). Being seen as righteous in God’s eyes makes us bold and not fearful of punishment as Christ took on Himself our sins and the wrath they deserve.
My faith does make me bold. I am not being pursued for my wrongdoing. And it is not presumption to take Jesus at His Word that I am “righteous.” It is a gift given through His grace (Eph. 2:8-9). What confidence and boldness in facing any struggle in life or even in death! My eternity has been secured by Him. The question of my guilt has been settled. That makes me bold to approach His throne for all the mercy and grace I need (Heb. 4:16).
Thank you Lord, for the boldness You make possible!