Devotions By Jan

Polish Flint

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polish flint s-l1600Scripture for Today: Isaiah 50:7 “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.”

Normally when I think of a stone with origins in Poland, I think of amber.  But the polish flint is another that almost mesmerizes with its swirling patterns.  The markings can even look like abstract landscapes.  This stone can be found in cream, taupe, grey and brown giving it a natural coloring that can go with just about anything when worn as jewelry.  But more common is the grey or black quartz-like hard flint that formerly was used in making weapons, tools or in starting fires.

In today’s verse, Isaiah is using the image of flint to picture his resolution to be faithful to God’s calling.  As a prophet, Isaiah sometimes had a message that was difficult to hear.  The truth he spoke was sometimes unpopular and he was persecuted for it.  He was mocked, spit upon, and beaten.  Yet, Isaiah could reaffirm his commitment to obedience.  He could not be shamed into giving up.  That is because he trusted the Lord to vindicate him (verse 8).  He set his face like flint and was not deterred, counting on the Lord for his help.

What an incredible model!  Isaiah was faithful to the Lord and resolute to continue despite opposition.  I have not been tested like he was.  But I do have the same promises as Isaiah.  The Lord is my help to continue despite rejection.  I will not be put to shame because He has promised His power, His help, and His vengeance on my enemies!  Because I can trust Him, I can set my face like flint as well and be faithful.

Lord, I need Your help to always be faithful.

 

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