“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7, NLT)
Last week I attended a credential holder’s meeting at our church. Our pastors used this scripture as part of the meeting with the theme being about being persistent in ministry. It sparked something in me and, this week, I want to focus my writings on being determined.
We face many seasons and challenges throughout life, some are easy to overcome and some are not. I’ve shared through my writings about the challenging desert season we had faced a few years ago and one of the keys to us getting through it was determination. You must be stubborn and determined in what God has called you to do if you want to make it through and not give up. The enemy will throw things your way to try to stop you, but what will you do to stay determined?
This scripture is a very good one for you to get deep down in your heart so when tough situations and seasons come your way, you are reminded of this. “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame.” See, satan would love to put you to shame, and he will if we aren’t determined. What does it mean to set your face like a stone? Well, think about a stone. Its characteristics don’t change, it always looks the same no matter the storms that beat against it.
The definition of stone-faced is to have no expression or emotion. Now, I’m not saying that we become emotionless zombies who care about nothing. What I’m saying is, in the face of adversity, don’t be moved, don’t allow your emotions to dictate your future and outcome. In the face of the enemy, set your face like a stone and don’t give up.
I believe some of you reading these posts this week are facing hopeless situations but the word of the Lord to you this week is be like a stone. Be determined, don’t give up.