The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 50:7b
Therefore have I set My face like flint, 
and I know I will not be put to shame.

(Jesus' determination to face what He knows lies before Him,
including the beatings, the sneers and humiliation, and the crucifixion,
is founded in His knowledge that His Father God helps Him
and that, because of His Father's mighty Presence,
He will not be disappointed or His mission delayed,
nor will He experience the disgrace of disappointment in His Father's faithfulness.
Here in this part of Jesus' declaration,
He has set His face to look forward with hardened and determined resolution.
He asserts that He will not allow Himself
to be overcome by the pain of His suffering or the shame of not fulfilling His mission,
nor will He allow Himself to be deterred from His destination.
He will not waver from His course, no matter what man may throw at Him,
no matter what suffering lay ahead.
Jesus shows us here the kind of determined resolve we need
to guide us on the paths He takes us, paths through, at times, deep valleys.
In those places of challenge, when we remember that the Lord helps us
and protects us from disappointment in Him, we can forge through the situations today,
assured of His faithful Presence to guide and sustain us.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,