7 September 2021 – Isaiah 50:7 (NIV)

Scripture

Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.

Reflection

This passage is part of the four Servant Songs found in the book of Isaiah. They prophesy about the coming Messiah, the Servant of the Lord. More than 700 years later, when Peter declared to his fellow Jews that God had “glorified his servant Jesus” (Acts 13:3), he was referring to these prophesies.

When you read this passage, what word or phrase jumps out to you?
What about that speaks to you?

For me, the phrase “I set my face like flint” creates a word picture of someone who is determined, steadfast, and resolved, even though they might be facing very difficult circumstances. Flint is used to make arrowheads not only because of its strength but because it can be shaped to form a sharp point. It is focused on a target. This describes Jesus perfectly just as Paul writes, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

How can you fix your eyes on Jesus today?

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Today, take a moment, wherever you are, to PAUSE in God’s presence. Find a spot where you can stop and be quiet for a minute.

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Ruth de Pater is an SCF Community Group leader. She has been living in Shanghai since 2002, together with her husband, Gerie, and their two teenage kids.