Be a Flinstone
For the Lord God will help me; therefore, shall I not be confounded: therefore, have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I should not be ashamed.
An excellent promise to stand on when you’re in trouble. If the only part of this scripture you can remember is: For the Lord God will help me, it is enough. But there is more, shall I not be confounded. When I read the word confounded, I automatically think ‘confused’ in my mind. But it comes from the Hebrew word, kalam, kalam’s definition includes: wound, taunt, insult, be ashamed, confusion, hurt, and shame.
The word wound can run deep, but the worst wounds are the wounds to your soul, to your trust in Christ. I have been under demonic attacks from every side, and the only way I could describe it was that I felt like a wounded fish in an aquarium filled with piranhas. Two lessons I learned from those trials.
1. Never let your enemy know that you are wounded because they will strike harder. At a seminar once, the speaker told us about farm-raised turkeys. He said that if one turkey gets a wound on its head, all the other turkeys will peck at it until it dies. He said animal psychologists do not know why they do this; they know that they do it. In my abstract opinion, people are the same.
2. Your soul is your mind, thoughts, the essence of your being, and belief in Christ. Every trial you go through has one intent: to destroy your faith in Christ. Those thoughts of giving up and just walking away, where do you think they come from? If you guessed the enemy, you’re right.
I set my face like a flint. Flint is considered an impure stone, it’s hard, and it can start a fire by striking against steel. I notice that Isiah confines his action of being hardened to his face. He says I will not turn my mind (soul) back from serving God, I will abide in Him, and I will not be ashamed.
1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Circumstances are temporary, and judgment is eternal. Keep your mind set on the eternal prize for Christ. Every trial is like steel striking your faith, and you never know which strike will start a fire for the Lord.
He is: El Sela
God My Rock