STONE-FACED

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.

Isaiah 50: 7 NLT

When ever I read the Bible these days, I try to read it like a child and I ask simple questions and wonder why certain examples, phrases, figures of speech etc were used. Sometimes, I get answers and sometimes I don’t. But I find that when I do this, it gives me more insight and a deeper understanding of different verses of Scripture and it greatly helps in their application.

To the verse above, I wondered why the use of a stone to describe the person that is determined to do God’s will. Apart from the obvious rigidity of a stone, I decided to explore more and and look at some simple characteristics of a Stone.

  • A stone does not change the mood of its face. It wears only one look.
  • A stone does not argue.
  • If you throw a stone, it will not come back to you.
  • A stone is rugged.
  • When a stone is crushed, it multiplies into smaller parts and fills the earth.

 Are there similarities to a person determined to do God’s will? Let’s see.

  • I wear Joy & Gratitude, not determined by situations or emotions but it is determined by who I am and whose I am – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
  • I go where I am sent – Then I said, “Here am I! Send me” – Isaiah 6:8
  • When I go, I do not look back – Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which lie ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus – Philippians 3:13-14
  • I am rugged – I know how to live on almost anything or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4:12-13
  • When I am crushed, I multiply and fill the earth – Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word…. Acts 11:19

I am Stone-faced. Christ is the foundational Stone and I am built on Him. The world expects us to be flexible, blown by every wind of doctrine, move with the times and succumb to every imagination of man, but because of who I am, some things are unchangeable. I am planted on the ‘Rock’ and when you are planted on a rock, you will grow, experience new things, go through changing times and seasons, but your roots remain solid, immovable, and unchangeable. Rather, they grow deeper into the rock from where they draw their strength and identity.

Note to self – Set your face as a stone as you journey to Alpha.

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11 thoughts on “STONE-FACED

  1. Real powerful thought and perspective. We see the stone everywhere yet it’s a powerful representation and reminder of what God wants us to be like.
    I love the stone…

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  2. Thank you for this reminder. There’s a lot happening especially in this generation and sometimes we have very genuine reasons to want to change our Christlike nature in order to cope. No matter the weathering that takes place, the stone remains in its true form…stone. So I’m reminded that no matter what happens around me or what pleasures or difficulties I am faced with, I must remember and REMAIN IN FORM… christlike.

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  3. Wearing Joy and Gratitude, as well as, going where you are sent without looking back is crucial as we journey to Alpha. This has been value added. Thanks for this post.

    Happy New Month L&B Fam

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  4. Everything GOD made has a lesson for us. I am deeply blessed by this write up. A stone when thrown in a direction cannot be affected by wind. It goes straight to its target. The stones of David had Goliath’s forehead as the target not the eye, nose, mouth( near to the target). Having a stone face defiles near-success syndrome. Happy ew month..

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  5. This article reminds me of a passage from Jesus’ life in Luke 9:51: “And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem”. He knew it meant death but he was resolute. Such a fixed mindset is needed if we will follow the Lord faithfully to the end. There is to be no flexibility or negotiation over our obedience to the Christ. May God make us stone-like in our decision to follow him.

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  6. Stone faced ! I really got value with the illustration of the stone and the believer in this season. Thank you for this powerful write up. I got value. God bless you.

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