I Have Set My Face”
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 shall not be ashamed” (Isa. 50:7).
So wrote Isaiah concerning God’s suffering servant, and when that suffering servant came to earth “…he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).
Throughout the Word of God, the heroes of faith were men who set their faces like a flint.
Caleb “…wholly followed the Lord God” (Josh. 14:14).
Joshua said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Elijah asked, “How long halt ye between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18:21).
Daniel “purposed in his heart” (Dan. 1:8) to be true to God.
Paul said: “…this one thing I do” (Phil. 3:13).
One of our biggest problems today is that most of our church people have never really made up their minds to follow Jesus Christ. They are like Mr. Looking-both-ways in Pilgrim’s Progress, or like Lot’s wife looking back toward Sodom. They are like the man in the Civil War who wore a blue coat and gray trousers, and was shot at from both sides. They are like a donkey between two bales of hay—undecided as to which to eat. They are like the son in our Lord’s parable who said, “I go, Sir” (Matt. 22:30), and went not. They receive the word with joy, but have no root nor depth and soon fall away. They never really make up their minds, and are like the man who was asked, “Do you have trouble making decisions?” He replied, “Yes and no.”