Making Dad Glad

My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Proverbs 27:11

I have been reading the Proverbs for quite a while now and, by reading one Proverb a day (there are 31 chapters in the “book of wisdom and usually 31 days in the month- coinicidence?) I have read through the entire book quite a few times.  Until recently, however, I always automatically applied this verse to my human father.  I know that doing right is going to make my dad happy.  I know that when I do right, it will give him an answer to those that would seek to reproach him.  There have been many times in my life that I have not been wise and that I did not make my dad’s heart glad.  I am saddened by the times in my life that I did not honor my father by doing right.  But my view of this verse was expanded the other day to a realm that I had not considered before.

I’m sure that we could use this verse to make an application to our Heavenly Father as well as our earthly fathers.  When we are wise and do right, we make our Heavenly Father glad.  And, for better or for worse, God and Christianity are often judged by people based on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of His children.  That is the thing that I have been thinking about lately.  Is my life a reproach the Lord?  Has the way that I have lived my life helped the cause of Christ or hurt the cause of Christ?  Unfortunately, I would have to say that I have often failed and that far too many times my life has been more of a hindrance than a help.  I sincerely hope that I am moving in a different direction now.  I hope and pray that I will live wisely and make my Father’s heart glad.  I hope and pray that I will help His cause and point others to Him.  My desire is that others will see Him in me.

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