Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Answer to Reproach – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 11
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Answer to Reproach
There are three different directions to take concerning the verse above. All of which are different combinations of different parties involved. Three different parties involved actually. A father and son, and the one throwing around reproach.
- Between a Father, son, and someone who reproaches
- Between The Father, us, and our accuser (Satan)
- Between Us the Father, and the World
Physical sense – Father, Child, Someone Reproaching
Let’s take a look at the obvious first, and that will aid us in understanding the other two. The Bible is very clear on the benefits of a son being wise. The benefits blanket over the son and also his parents. Parents are blessed when they have a child who behaves and conducts themselves wisely, and shuns foolishness.
The opposite is proven true as well throughout the scriptures, giving us several parables and examples of all the pitfalls of being a parent to a foolish child, as well as being that foolish child. The Word of the Lord speaks of what we parents know to be true by our own experiences with our children.
It’s incredible how our own kids can take us on an emotional roller coaster throughout their childhood. They have the power to make our hearts glad, or deflate us like a popped balloon.
As a former and recovering foolish child, I can recall certain things that would go on that are perfect examples of the verse above. For example, if a parent or a neighbor knocked on the door to inform my parents of something bad or foolish that I’d been caught doing, taking the part of the accuser or the one who was bringing on the reproach, there’d not be any argument.
I eroded my parent’s “not my kid” response early on in childhood. If I was accused of doing something, as far as they were concerned I probably did it. And of course they’d be right, because I was a foolish kid.
All good tutelage and any wisdom that my parents would try to impart on me would go straight out the window in the heat of the moment when left to my own devices. And in the event they needed to pick me up from school due to behavior, or when someone would come knocking, I left them to have no answer to those who would come and reproach them concerning my foolishness.
Spiritual Sense – Our Heavenly Father, us, and Satan
Let’s take the example that I gave of my parents answering a knock at the door, and having nothing good to respond with in the face of an accusation or reproach concerning something I’m being accused of, but change the characters at play around a bit. In a spiritual sense, Our parent at the door is the Father, the accuser is Satan, and the child nervously listening is any one of us.
This isn’t a far fetched scenario, as there are a couple of places in the Bible where we can see this play out. First and most well known would be in the book of Job. Something we don’t often hear too much about is the book of Zechariah.
In the third chapter, we see three parties involved. The Lord, Joshua, and Satan (not including Zechariah as one bearing witness). Satan was there as the accuser against Joshua. The book of Revelation says that he accuses us before the Father day and night.
But praise be to the Lord, we have an advocate with the Father in Christ Jesus! When we go to stand before the Father, and have the enemy railing all kinds of accusations against us, Christ Jesus is there to stand and declare that all offenses are already paid in full and removed from our account.
Our decision to believe on him who was sent, and to follow Christ, being saved from all condemnation and having our punishment removed from us due to the works of Christ Jesus, should be a daily delight for those of us who partake in his salvation. We’ve made the conscious decision to follow him, providing the Lord an answer to he that reproaches.
Worldly Sense – Us, Our Heavenly Father, the World
I’ve come to understand over the years, that a good majority of people that have an ax to grind against the Lord, is because of the conduct and foolishness of his children. Just as a neighborhood may cast reproach over a couple of parents with a foolish child, so does the world at large judge the Father by his children.
Knowing the Word of God, we know better than to measure the Lord by the actions of men, but why would we ever assume that the world would understand that, or would be willing to accept that? We have the power in our hands to reflect the Father in a good light, or to reflect poorly.
What a massive responsibility we go through every day as Christians, nary giving it a thought. When we as the children of the Lord make ourselves look bad, we make the Lord look bad.
Don’t get me wrong… We’re going to look bad in the world’s eyes one way or the other, because it will hate us because of being obedient to the Word of the Lord, and when we’re disobedient to the Word.
When we’re obedient because we’re not towing the worldly line, and we’re separated from the world through our obedience to the Father. When we’re disobedient because we then become hypocrites, and give the world reason to reproach the Lord because of our actions.
The apostle Paul says it clearly when dealing with people who are hypocritical in the faith He recalls to believers in Romans the scripture that declared that the name of the Lord is blasphemed throughout the nations on account of hypocrites.
I’ve said it time and time again… We are always being watched. By the Lord himself (which should be a given), but we’re constantly being observed by the world. How we walk out our walk could be the difference between someone getting saved, or rejecting the Lord. Yes, we are observed that carefully.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 2: King James Bible
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
Philippians 3: King James Bible
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
1 John 2: King James Bible
2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Revelation 12: King James Bible
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Thank you for the precious gift of salvation. Were it not for the sacrifice that you made in Christ Jesus, we would all still remain separate from you, and doomed. Forgive us if we wind up doing things that misrepresent you, or cause for others to look harshly upon you. Not because their views are wrong, but because our behavior reflects on you in a manner that is against your Word, and against your will. Remove all forms of hypocrisy from every area of our lives, and cause for us to be good stewards of such a wonderful salvation. All so that we may be righteous ambassadors, following your will and in your service. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you conduct yourself in a manner that would make it simple to give an answer to reproach without further contest?