For the Lord God helps Me, Therefore, I have not been ashamed or humiliated. Therefore, I have made My face like flint, And I know that I shall not be put to shame. -Isaiah 50:7 Amplified
If I were to describe in the simplest way what I believe this journey of faith is about it would be this: the enemy of our faith works tirelessly, trying to get us to doubt what God has promised us both in His written and spoken Word, and God responds by relentlessly pouring out His love, grace and mercy upon us in an effort to get us to believe His never-ending, unfailing, unconditional love.
The pattern started thousands of years ago in the garden and hasn’t changed much. The serpent came to Eve with questions about the validity of God’s word. First he questioned the word itself, and when that didn’t seem to move her, the serpent lied about what God’s motives were in giving them the rule regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
God plainly told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the tree, they would die. He was upfront with them from the get-go. They had no reason to doubt his word. They were literally living in paradise without a problem or care in the world! Then along came the serpent and he lied to Eve, telling her that the real reason God didn’t want them to eat from the tree is because if they did, they would become like God, knowing good and evil.
Here’s the kicker, the enemy wasn’t completely lying. It was true- God really didn’t want them to know good and evil. He wanted to spare them from knowing evil. They were living a perfect life of good and that is what God wanted for his children from the start. So yes, the enemy was telling the truth, he just perverted the truth enough to cause them to doubt God’s goodness. He presented the truth in a way that made it seem as though God could not be completely trusted and they needed to take matters into their own hands.
There is nothing new under the sun. The enemy is still playing the same game, and we continue to fall for it. I can’t even count the number of apples I have taken a bite of over the years as I believed the distorted truth the enemy presented to me, causing me to doubt God’s promises.
If God really loved you would he have allowed that to happen?
Will God really forgive you this time? How long until he gets sick of you making the same mistake?
Do you really think God is going to redeem the years that you have wasted? Why would he even do that?
Bite by bite my doubts increased as my faith decreased. Until I finally wake up and get to a place where nothing- absolutely nothing- can convince me that God is not good and that He will make everything work out for my good if I simply trust him. As it says in today’s verse, I set my face like flint.
I found this description from an online article by Michael Gyarmathy regarding what it means to set your face like flint:
Flint is a very hard type of sedimentary rock. When struck against steel, a flint edge produces sparks to start a fire. Setting your face like flint implies that you’re expecting some opposition, to stand strong in the face of adversity. To set your face like flint means to regard these difficulties as worthwhile when you consider what they will lead you to.
How cool is that? When opposition comes my way- especially when it strikes- as long as I keep my face like flint the result is not me getting hurt and disappointed, but rather sparks are going to fly– HA! That’s what I’m talking about!
That mountain of fear in front of me- it’s still there. It hasn’t moved yet, but I do see it shaking a bit. I set my face like flint as I take yet another step forward. The key is not to wait until the fear goes away, because I don’t know that it ever does 100%. The key is not to yield to it. It says in Isaiah 41:10 Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand.’
Have you ever thought someone was waving at you and you wave back to them only to realize they were actually waving to someone behind you? (please don’t tell me I am the only one that kind of stuff happens to…) That’s how I am moving forward. I set my face like flint. The mountain of fear may think I am staring it down, but I am not. I am actually looking beyond it. I am keeping my gaze on Jesus who leads me step by step. He is on the other side of the mountain because he has already conquered it for me. I just need to stand on that truth and not allow the enemy to twist and pervert it. No more apples.
How about you? Are you ready to stop eating apples as you set your face like flint? Are you ready to stop listening to the lies and stop yielding to the fear? Are you ready to stand on truth even when it doesn’t make sense? Even when everything around you screams DEFEATED? Are you ready to ignore every voice except the still small voice of the Lord that is good and true and right? If so, join me in today’s prayer:
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your promises. I thank you for the promises you have written in your word and I thank you for the promises you have whispered to my heart. Forgive me for entertaining the lies and perverted truths of the enemy. Holy Spirit help me to set my face like flint as I gaze upon Jesus and move forward in the plans and purposes you have for me. Help me to trust your Word that says I will not be humiliated or ashamed because you are with me always. Thank you for you mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Love, grace and a face set like flint,