Living Boldly In Christ (Isaiah 50:7-9)
But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. (ESV)
It is foolish to court trouble, but it is also cowardly and, dare I say it, unchristian to flee from it in fear. You follow the Lord. You have acknowledged before God and men that Jesus is your savior. The Holy Spirit dwells within you. That is a powerful biography, and it is yours. So what does it mean?
For one thing, it means God is your helper and you will not be disgraced. You can set your face like flint and be bold. In fact, you can say to your troubles and fears, your obstacles and difficulties, “Bring it on!” It means that you can face anything…anything…in complete confidence that you have the strength you need and it is not your own, but that of the Lord your God.
There are advantages in this life to following Jesus, you know. The Christian life is not just about what happens in eternity. Oh, you may be persecuted for it and suffer more mightily than those who revel in their sin, but unlike them, you have genuine power and a true reason for boldness. So get out there and live like the son or daughter of the living God that you actually are!
Lord, I have lived too timidly. Worse yet, I have sometimes confused timidity with humility and gentleness and mistakenly believed it was what You wanted. Forgive me. Help me to go forth boldly, contend with all that opposes me, and do all in the strength of Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins