|Are You Determined To Do God’s Will?
By Greg Sanders
Isaiah 50:7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame. 8 He who gives me justice is near. Who will dare to bring charges against me now? Where are my accusers? Let them appear!
Doing the will of God is not always easy. Sometimes doing the right thing puts you in conflict with the wrong people. Determination is required to follow God’s direction for your life. Isaiah was a guy who attempted to please God with His life and speak the things that God instructed him to speak. However, instead of being met with applause, Isaiah was met with persecution and rejection. What do you do when doing God’s will brings hurt to your life? Here was Isaiah’s response:
Know your source – Don’t allow the absence of man’s support to rob you of your confidence in God’s provision and control. It is those moments of complete dependence on God that we discover He has been holding our lives together in times we did not recognize. Remember, even when your surroundings change, your Source does never changes.
Set your face towards Christ. – Just because you are doing the will of God does not guarantee that you will always naturally be facing Him. Sometimes the hardships and difficulties can cause you to focus on earthly problems instead of God’s promises. Remember that Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. Fix your eyes completely on Him.
Remember that Jesus is near. Your Savior is the one who will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. Even when everyone and everything fails you, Jesus will still be with you.
The accusers cannot overwhelm the declaration God has made over your life. Isaiah had confidence that the voice of people could not drown out what God was saying about his life. Remember that the accusations of the believer has one source and it’s not God. Our enemy, the Devil, is known as the accuser of God’s people. You can be sure that he will work somehow in your life to accuse you of being less than what God desires. Remember, it is not the loudest voice that matters. The voice of God is what you must value most.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t be surprised when trouble comes along the path of doing God’s will. Instead, determine to be faithful and lean upon your Father.