For the Lord God will help me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed. ” (Isa. 50:7) (NKJV).
The principal way to obey the Lord is to develop a face like a flint – a face focused and locked in on obeying the Lord’s instruction as given, regardless of one’s surroundings.
God expects us to follow through with obedience when He speaks to us; when we make a pledge to Him (Job 22:27); and when there exists a decided intention in us to do what helps His cause (Acts 5: 1-3). We love when keep His commandments (Jn 14:15).
Unfortunately, we are not able to obey God as much as we would have wanted. Reasons for this include stubbornness/hardness of heart; ignorance of His commands/will; and fickle/flexible resolve to pursue obedience to the end (Hosea 4:6).
But we can strengthen our determination to obey God by developing an iron-cast and iron-clad resolve to obey Him (Lk 9:51-53), having the assurance that He will help us (Dan. 3:16), and knowing that we will not be disgraced or put to shame (Isa. 50:7).
When we set our face like a flint (Ezek. 3:8-9), we do not confer first with flesh and blood, before deciding whether or not to obey the Lord (Gal. 1:15-16). The mindset of a person with the face of a flint when obeying God is one of “if I perish, I perish” (Esth. 4:16) or that of ‘If I am bereaved, I am bereaved” (Gen. 43:14).
Once we are convinced that something is the will of God, we must not only develop a face like a flint but also obey with alacrity (Gen. 17:26-27, 21:14 & 22:3). When the condition of our heart is right before the Lord, He will always help us (Isa.50:7).