Read Proverbs 27:1-28:28
“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion” (v1).
When there’s no reason to run, we have the freedom to be as bold as lions. When we have no reason to hide, we find liberty to roam unrestrained, to say things we couldn’t if we were hiding something.
There’s a lot of hiding, discreetly covering the things of shame, when it comes to living the foolish man’s life.
“When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding” (v12).
Men must hide when the wicked come to power. Because who knows the pain they will bring? Who can say the horrors they will pursue? A wicked man cannot be trusted.
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (v13).
But the wise, they come clean. They realize the folly in concealing their shame. They see the madness in the veiling of their ways.
It goes against the natural inclination of man, this wisdom in coming clean thing, though. Our pride makes us want to keep hidden all the bad things we’ve done. For, who would truly love us if they knew how unworthy of their love we really were?
That’s where the One True God steps in and turns what does not make sense into glorious grace.
“Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble” (v14).
The man who fears the LORD, who puts his trust in God Almighty rather than in the pride of his heart that wants to conceal his sins and bask in the shame all alone, that man is blessed. With real life. With grace beyond grace.
And that is wisdom.