Isaiah 50:7 "Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like a stone, and I KNOW I will not be put to shame."
If you look back a few verses in Isaiah 50:4-6 Isaiah is describing how the Lord communicates with him every day and Isaiah doesn’t turn away from what He is saying. He obeys God and tells the people what God wants him to say. Isaiah knows the people don’t want to hear it and they abuse him for it. He says they beat him, pull out his beard and spit in his face. Isaiah tells us he turns his face towards the abuser and lets them do it! How does someone do that?
God knows how the people are going to respond to Isaiah and He knows that Isaiah will be faithful to communicate His message even though he will suffer. Have you ever been in a situation where you had a choice? A choice to do the right thing but receive backlash or to take the easy way out? I think we are faced with little choices daily, like, do I let the kids watch TV or do I make them clean their room? Or do I buy those shoes because I really want them, even though we can’t afford it? We all know what the easy way is but sometimes we have to take the hard road and stand firm. But what if the Lord is asking you to share your faith with a friend or not to participate in something that “everyone” else is doing? We worry about how people will treat us or what they will say about us. Isaiah says #Iknow I will not be put to shame. He isn’t saying I know that I will not hurt or not be sad. He is saying #Iknow the word that sustains the weary (Isaiah 50:4), how can he not share it? He will be sustained, not disgraced and not put to shame. It is NOT the people that are yelling, beating and tearing him apart that can bring him shame. They don’t have that power because Isaiah knows who he is in Christ. That alone gives him the ability to stand firm in what God has for him to do. We choose to carry shame and shame makes us hide. If we know who we are in Christ there is no shame to hold, there is nothing to hide. We can stand firm and take what may come our way. We have choices every day.