Do be a Coward

It’s okay to run away. It’s okay to hide. It’s okay to make yourself scarce when you know you are outmatched. It’s more than okay, it’s biblical.

”The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 22:3)

Just in case you need to hear it again, it’s right there in the book of Proverbs one more time.

”The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 27:12)

Hiding from danger may not be considered very brave, but it is wise.

Consider David. A king. A warrior. A man of valor. Armed with only a couple river rocks and a sling, he charged toward a nearly ten foot tall behemoth who was wielding a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s beam. Killed the monster in one shot. Cut off his head with his own sword. Yet he spent the next several years hiding in caves from King Saul who couldn’t hit the broad side of a castle with his spear if he wanted to.

But after Saul died, David took the kingdom. He lead his country with a strong arm. Victorious in battle again and again, he established his reign. But then his own son got a little cheeky. Stormed the castle with a couple hundred men. So David ran away again. Hiding in caves must have been kind of reminiscent to him.

But I don’t think David was a coward. I think David was wise. I think David was prudent. When David saw danger, he took cover. Not always, but when it was the right thing to do.

You and I have every reason to be brave. We’re told to…

  • “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10)

  • “Stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

And yet we’re also told to…

  • “Flee from sexual immorality.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)

  • “Flee from idolatry.” (1 Corinthians 10:14)

  • “Flee youthful passions.” (2 Timothy 2:22)

There’s no need to prove yourself. Run away. Stay away. Hide. The simple go on without a care. They think they can handle themselves.

Don’t be that guy.

Better to be considered a coward and live than to die a fool.

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