Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
When life’s circumstances try to make you feel small and belittled, know that the Lord will help you. He says that whatever the circumstances are you shall not be confounded (shamed, disgraced, whether it is internal from your own feelings or external from public exposure of your disappointment). The verse goes on the say, “… therefore have I set my face like a flint (I have set myself resolutely not to be daunted from my work or pursuit in spite of the feelings of shame and suffering) and I know that I SHALL NOT be ashamed. Being ashamed is to feel shame that follows upon disappointment of an opinion, hope, or expectation. It includes feelings of confusion and consciousness of disgrace that follows upon a disappointment. We do not have to give in to those feelings of shame.
Our present circumstances do not define us. We are defined by what God’s Word says about us whether it looks like it is so or even if we do not feel like it is so. Let God’s Word be true and everything else be a lie. Determine that you will not allow yourself to feel sorry for yourself for we are not a powerless victim but a victor in Christ Jesus by His grace. Disappointing circumstances can make us feel lonely, excluded, without help, and unloved. Romans 8:35, 37 in the New Testament says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us,”
The Scriptures go on to say that no matter what our circumstances are, they cannot stop God’s love for us. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8:38, 39.” There’s not a struggle we may face that can separate us from God’s love so we should never feel ashamed.
Disappointments, people’s opinions, and another’s will or choices cannot stop us unless we let it. God told Joshua, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee Joshua 1:5.” It is not any man’s “will” that can stop us; it is only our will, and our being disheartened by their will.
Do what the Lord told Joshua to be strong and of good courage by meditating on the Word day and night (not the disappointment), do what the Word says, and you’ll be prosperous and have good success. “Be strong and of a good courage…. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success Joshua 1:6-8.” Staying down is a choice.