Proverbs 12: King James Bible
Commendable Reputation – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verses 8-9
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. 9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Commendable Reputation
To understand why these two verses tie in together, we should give attention to the definition of the word commend. Definition provided by Dictionary.com
verb (used with object)
1. to present, mention, or praise as worthy of confidence, notice, kindness, etc.; recommend: to commend a friend to another; to commend an applicant for employment.
2. to entrust; give in charge; deliver with confidence: I commend my child to your care.
3. to cite or name with approval or special praise: to commend a soldier for bravery.
4. Feudal Law. to place (oneself or one’s land) under another’s protection so as to become his vassal.
5. Archaic. to recommend (a person) to the kind remembrance of another.
Many aspects of this definition, could run in the same vein as honor, or being honored. Wouldn’t you agree, that it honors you when people have good things to say about you, and recommend you for something? I’d say so.
A commendable reputation doesn’t come by way of having anything to boast of, but rather, others boasting of you. This is a pride free zone, where you’re being recognized for any good thing.
But the perverse side of the scriptures above, happens when one puffs up him (or her) self up with pride, or perhaps boasting about how well they do this or that. Being honest about your abilities are fine, but boasting or doing things pridefully, can trash a reputation.
It’s hard to fall short if you don’t puff up yourself, trying to make people think well of you from your words. Most people, whether they know it or not, are naturally prone to think well of the meek, and have their eyes glaze over by the boasting of someone honoring themselves.
There’s one thing about being meek; you rarely catch the feedback of anything that you do. This is where a prideful spirit tries to wedge itself in, willing to ruffle your feathers, meaning to make you feel unrecognized, unappreciated, or unimportant. You name it, Satan will try anything to cause for you to take on a prideful position, rather being in a position of blessing (blessed are the meek).
Just because we don’t hear positive feedback for everything we may do wisely, doesn’t mean that there isn’t any. So when we start thinking the things aforementioned, trying to cause for us to puff ourselves up, just start praising the Father, who sees all that you do, and knows how hard you work, or how wisely you’re moving along.
Spiritual battles are most often fought the hardest, in ordinary situations through our day to day lives. It’s not always a spectacle.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 11: King James Bible
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Thank you for always having your eyes on us, and for all that you do for us, whether we realize it or not, on a day to day basis. Lord, help us to do well in whatever we set our hand to, and cause for us to be commended by virtue of wisdom, as you’ve written. Keep the talons of pride far from us Father, so that there’d be no need to be humbled. Rather, fill us with the meekness that is available to us through your Holy Spirit. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Wouldn’t you rather earn a commendable reputation through the wisdom of the Lord?