“Set Your Face Like Flint” – Time To Act by Steve Martin
“For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.” Isaiah 50:7, NASU
As a kid we used to hunt for flint stones, being told that if you strike them together, they would spark. And if you did it just right, you could start your little make-shift fire. At least that is what we were told, but it never worked for me.
Another reason I quit Cub Scouts and joined the local 4-H club. As we were led to believe and portrayed in all the reasons to join Cub Scouts, we never went camping as a troop, which would have included an opportunity to try the flint maneuver. Thus the flint thing never happened for me. As it turned out, after joining the local 4-H group (the H’s standing for “Head, Heart, Hands, and Health”, founded by A.B. Graham in 1902 in Ohio) it had enough going that I stuck it out and became the VP of our group in 8th grade.
I looked up the word flint to see what I could share with you about it. Here is my find.
Flint abounds in all the plains and valleys of the wilderness of the forty years’ wanderings. In Isaiah 50:7 and Ezekiel 3:9 the expressions, where the word is used, means that the “Messiah would be firm and resolute amidst all contempt and scorn which he would meet; that he had made up his mind to endure it, and would not shrink from any kind or degree of suffering which would be necessary to accomplish the great work in which he was engaged.” (Compare Ezekiel 3:8 Ezekiel 3:9 .) Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The Bible states that the Messiah set His face like flint, having determined in His heart and spirit to carry out that which He had been sent to do. We again see later in Scripture where the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), set His face resolutely, as written in Luke 9:51-52. “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.” NKJV
It truly is an example we are called to adhere to. These are the times we are living in where everything that can be challenged is being challenged. Every foundational truth, every good, sound fact found in the eternal purposes of our God are being tested. God Himself is doing the testing, the shaking, to see who will stand with Him, having too set their face like flint to do that which each of us has been called to do.
It should be expected, not surprising, that we face challenges that we alone cannot overcome. If we could, we wouldn’t need God, we wouldn’t need faith.
“And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:21-23, NKJV
Determining beforehand to stand strong, to “set our face like flint” will keep us pressing on when the going gets tough, when the opposition seems too overwhelming, when the odds at completing the task set before us appears to be greater than anything we could ever achieve on our own.
And that is how it was meant to be. Facing the giants, the harsh wilderness, the unforgeable river, the impossible dream, and maybe even martyr’s death, we must be firm as to knowing and believing where our help comes from. When the impossible needs to become the reality, our God will be there leading us on.
The apostle Paul often exhorted the followers of Christ, Messiah, to stand strong during persecution and trials. “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22, NASU
We will face the onslaught of the enemy. It is just a fact. Again, we must be determined in our heart to not turn tail and run, but to do as Jesus Himself did, setting our face like flint, and be the overcomers we are called to be.
Standing on Jesus’ word, we have confidence and assurance in this. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, NASU
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
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Time To Act #27 – in the year of our Lord 9.23.2020 – “Set Your Face Like Flint.” Wednesday, 5:50 am in Charlotte, NC USA