Righteous Confidence

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-38:23, James 1:19-2:17, Psalm 117:1-, Proverbs 28:1

Daily Verse: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Prov. 28:1

Righteous confidence.

Wicked people flee, even when no one pursues them. Guilty consciences prompt them to become fearful and suspicious of everyone. On the other hand, people of integrity don’t worry about people following them because they have a clear conscience.

“Catch Me If You Can,” the 2002 movie based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., who claimed to pose as a Pan American World Airways pilot, Georgia doctor, and Louisiana parish prosecutor, all before the age of 19. Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Frank, spent the entire movie looking over his shoulder, evading the FBI. 

Tom Hanks portrayed the FBI agent who eventually captured Frank didn’t spend time looking over his shoulder. Because Carl Hanratty, Hank’s character, had a clear conscience, he didn’t worry about what lay behind him, only what he could see in front. Chasing Frank kept the officer plenty busy.

Guilty conscience causes paranoia and suspicion. But people with clear minds can keep their eyes focused on the moment without worrying about someone pursuing them.

Lord, forgive us for our wicked ways. Please help us maintain clear consciences to enjoy the life You’ve given us. Let us continue to pursue You with all our heart, mind, body, and soul. IJNIP. Amen

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