Thought for the Day #288
Isaiah 50:7 (New American Standard Bible)
7 For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.
The sincere Christian recognizes their inability to adequately perform the will of God. Realizing their weakness, they often refrain from action because of their fear of failure.
Those who really reverence the Lord are careful not to embarrass him or themselves. As a result, many assume that no action is better than inadequate effort. Consequently, those who could have victorious, accomplished ministry become totally unproductive.
Let us remember that God does not depend upon our inadequate abilities to do his work. Rather, He has stated again and again in the scripture that he will help us. We must remember that our strength and ability is in Him.
We need not be confused with doing the work of the Lord. The Holy Spirit will give us both truth and wisdom. He will guide us in our decision making and give us unusual ability to fulfill God's will on a daily basis.
Like Isaiah, we need to establish a stubborn determination to accomplish what God has assigned to us. We need to set our face like flint. This means that we become so immovable in our purpose that we refuse to be defeated. In other words, we become as strong and hard as flint, which when struck, creates fiery sparks.
We must learn to be tough and strong as we set our face to serve the Lord. With God's help, we will never be ashamed; we will never embarrass Him or ourselves.
Let us remember to never waver in our purpose, or give ground to the enemy. We serve the Lord of lords and the King of kings. Victory belongs to us who belong to His Kingdom.
Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I often fail because of my feelings of inferiority. I do waver in my determination to serve you as I want. I know that my insecurity defeats me. Help me to walk in the surety of your promise. I know that you will help me and that I shall not be ashamed. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.