What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted (Prov 10:24). "
This proverb paints a picture of a person consumed with guilt, fear, and paranoia. It will be their undoing. One example is King Ahaz. You can read about it in 1 Chron 28:16-20 (also 1 King 16) and especially Isaiah 7. Ahaz was a wicked king who would not trust in God. He made a treaty with Assyria (rather than trust God) because he was afraid of Aram and Israel attacking him. In the end, Assyria , his supposed helper, attacked him. Truly, "what the wicked fears will come upon him." Consider this next proverb:
"The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion (Prov 28:1). "
I remember stealing a little toy from a store when I was little. It was an inexpensive little hot wheel. I felt pleased with myself at first that no one noticed I took it. When I got home with it, I found that it brought me little joy. I couldn't really play with it for fear I would be caught with it. Even when my friends came over, I had to keep it in hiding. I lived in constant fear of being caught with it. I kept trying to find new and better hiding places for it. I hid it under the dresser, in the vent, between the mattresses, in a shoe. Then there was that time I nearly jumped out of my skin when I was in the process of finding a new hiding place for it. I had the hot wheel in my hand, and then I heard one of my parents walking down the hall. I ran behind my bed ready to fling the tiny toy under my bed. They never came in, they were just going to the bathroom.