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. Isaiah 50:7

There are times in each of our lives when we feel inadequate for the task ahead of us. It happens to all of us. We feel inadequate in relationships, in our jobs, in our classes. The feeling of inadequacy can attack us at any time and in any place.

We feel in adequate as parents when our children make poor choices or challenge our authority; or when the boss gives us a new job we aren’t trained to do; or when we are forced to do something that is out of our comfort zone; or when we are challenged to try something new and risky.

Our past can make us feel inadequate as well. When we are growing up the reaction we sense we get from parents, teachers and friends can have a life-long impact on what we believe about our abilities. The mistakes we make as youth can haunt us and be a constant voice that tells us that there’s a big ‘L’ on our forehead and it stands for LOSER! Try as we may, we can’t help noticing the ‘L’, and if we let affect us it will change our lives forever.

Isaiah gives us a better way to think. Imagine that ‘L’ on your forehead stands for LOVED! If God is sovereign (and He is) then everything that happens in your life is ordained by Him. That doesn’t mean everything that happened in your life will necessarily be seen as good. What it does mean is that nothing can happen in your lifetime that God is not aware of and that He won’t see you through.

Following God in the tough times isn’t easy, it takes guts. It takes faith. It takes trusting in a power that is far great than us. But the rewards for following Him are eternally blessed. When we put our faith in what we know to be true about God, regardless of what society may say, we will never ever be put to shame. We aren’t called to perfection, we are called to live for Him to the best of our ability knowing that no matter how often we fail, He still loves us and still desires to have us in relationship with Him.

Isaiah says, “I set my face like flint”. The word picture he gives us is to ‘harden your face’ against those who may attack you. When we really come to the place where we realize how much God loves us we will not be afraid of the attacks of others. We won’t be dismayed when we are harassed or teased for our beliefs. We know who the King is and He’s our daddy!

When you feel completely overwhelmed; when it seems like the world is stacked against you, remember that the Sovereign God, the creator of the world, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is not only on your side. He’s madly in love with you. When you choose to follow Him the adversity and trouble of life will be easier to take because you are resolved to follow Him.

PRAYER: Holy Father. I thank you for the promise you made to always love me and protect me. Thank you for the patience you’ve shown to me by putting up with my failures and rebellion. I ask that you would enable me, by the power of your Holy Spirit to live a life that is free of shame because I have set my face like flint to follow you.