“....... I am the Lord. I have heard all your blasphemies” (Ezekiel 35:12).
"Reproach" is a cruel thing. The reproach of some people will make the heartbreak. Your heart fills with bitterness when you come across people who unjustly reproach you without any reason.
But God who knows your reproaches will embrace and comfort you and moreover will turn the reproaches into blessings. “Look! Goliath reproached against the children of Israel. He reproached the armies of Israel and armies of living God as well” (I Samuel 17:36).
God heard that reproach. He enabled David to get filled with the zeal of Spirit. God pulled down Goliath with an ordinary smooth stone when he came to fight with spears and sticks. That God will also definitely fight for you. Never allow the bitterness to creep in when someone reproaches you. Pray for those who reproach you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44), (Luke 6:28).
A Christian family went for a new rental residence. There they sang praising God and prayed. This irritated and angered the neighbour and in turn, the neighbour reproached this family and began to play cine music loudly in order to create a disturbance. Particularly, an old woman there, blasphemed using filthy language.
But this Christian family placed everything at His feet in their prayers and blessed the neighbour. This blaspheming continued for a few weeks and then the noise from the next house stopped all of a sudden. One day the old woman who blasphemed visited this Christian family and began to cry bitterly. With tears, she told, "I reproached against you and blasphemed your worship. Now several blisters and tumours have appeared in my mouth and the doctors have diagnosed them as cancer. The doctors have suggested that the tongue should be removed through surgery. Will you pray for me?"
Dear children of God, people who reproach you are reproaching against God. He who touches you touches the apple of the eye of God. So, do not get distressed by worrying over the reproaches. The Scripture says, “Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults. “For the moth will eat them up like a garment and the worm will eat them like wool” (Isaiah 51:7, 8).
Look up to Jesus Christ. How badly was He reproached? The passersby reproached Him and the chief priest also reproached Him. Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him (Matthew 27:44). Dear children of God, He definitely knows your reproaches.
To meditate: “Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:13).