Set Your Face Like Flint
… I set my face like flint, confident that I’ll never regret this.
Isaiah 50:7 (MSG)
Setting your face like flint means being determined. You can only be as passionate as you are determined. When you are determined, you refuse to give up: you set your face like flint. People who have dreams overcome obstacles, because they desire to see their dreams fulfilled. They do what is required in order to attain the achievement of their dream.
God has given us the fruit of self-control, but we must make the choice to use it. The less people exercise their will to make right choices, the weaker their will to do so becomes. Setting your face like flint and being determined is the decision to do whatever you need to do in order to have what you say you want to have.
We must be diligent. Doing what is right one or two times or even a few times seldom brings the desired victory. Being consistently diligent, doing what you know you need to do over weeks, months, and years, is the key.
You need a determined attitude. Engage your will and be committed to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. You won’t quit; you won’t stop; you set your face like flint; and you are determined.
Real winners don’t put time limits on their commitments. They are committed with no conditions, and when they begin, they have made up their minds to finish.
The Bible says the diligent man will rule and he will be rich (Proverbs 10:4 and Proverbs 12:24).
You cannot be diligent without being determined, just like you cannot be determined without being passionate. Determination is a mindset and diligence is the effort that goes with it. There are those who decide to do something, without backing their decision with determination. They may persevere for a while, but when the first sign of trouble appears, they quit. You see, it is much easier to imagine doing the right things, than it is to actually to do them. The doing makes the difference and that requires your diligence.
By setting our face like flint, we exercise our faith – our confidence in God. God will never fail us if we do our part. God tells us what to do in order to have a good life and He gives us the grace to do it. However, we must realize that no one else can make the decision for us and that we must make it.
We must be willing to grow up spiritually, and that will take determination to see the process of maturing through to the end. God tells us in Hebrews 12 that when we are taught and corrected by God we should keep a good attitude and not give up. God has a plan for you, but He also must prepare you for the plan, and you can only follow His lead by keeping your eyes on Him.
Will you choose to be decided, determined and diligent? To set your face like flint? Now, that’s the choice-driven life!
Today’s Bible Reading:
Jer 17-20; James 1
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