Proverbs 28:1 NKJV The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 BBE The evil man goes running away when no man is after him, but the upright are without fear, like the lion.
The righteous are to be bold and fearless. Not all those in right standing with God live in this reality, nevertheless Proverbs 28:1 calls us bold and fearless anyhow. Why? Because in Christ we are fearless, whether we realized it or not.
We are fearless because we have been redeemed. It is sin that makes people cowards. Mathew Henry wrote in his commentary of this verse, “What continual frights those are subject to that go on in wicked ways. Guilt in the conscience makes men a terror to themselves, so that they are ready to flee when none pursues; like one that absconds for debt, who thinks everyone he meets a bailiff. Though they pretend to be easy, there are secret fears which haunt them wherever they go, so that they fear where no present or imminent danger is, Psa_53:5. Those that have made God their enemy, and know it, cannot but see the whole creation at war with them, and therefore can have no true enjoyment of themselves, no confidence, no courage, but a fearful looking for of judgment. Sin makes men cowards.”
The righteous have been redeemed from sin, now standing in right standing with God and having them on our side we have nothing to fear. Christ has overcome the world for us (John 16:33). We have been delivered out of the hands of the Devil and his crew. It is him that is a coward and flees when we submit to the reality of God’s word and resist him (James 4:7). Even in the greatest of dangers or severity of difficulties that we may encounter, they are no match for our Father, the Almighty God, full of love and power.
Having been justified by His blood we stand fearless and bold as a lion. He is with you. He is for you. He is faithful. Fear Not!