For the Lord God Will Help Me

“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.”

In Isaiah chapter 50;7, we get a unique perspective of Jesus, His arrest, and the barbaric treatment He received. The previous verse talks about how He gave His back to those who struck Him and His cheeks to those who plucked out His beard; He did not hide His face from shame and spitting. This is an important perspective for those times in our lives when we think in our hearts,” God, how could You allow ______ to happen?

Truth be told, He allowed this to happen as the Father allowed Jesus to be our example. “He set His face towards Jerusalem,” towards an old rugged cross. Flint is a material that can be used in the making of fire, and Jesus is the rock that we stand on; solid, useful, to take out the Goliaths in this life. Moses utilized a rock when the Children of Israel were in battle, and Aaron and Hur held up his arms. So, we see that in his weakness, others were strong. Jesus sets my feet upon a rock; Jacob slept on a rock for a pillow; remember how he used that as he dreamt of the stairway to heaven, later to have the angels ascending/descending. Jesus is immovable, stable in a manner I cannot relate to but definitely benefit from, and upon the confession of Peter, is the foundation of us, the church.

Therefore, you and I can agree with the psalmist who states in Psalm 91; “I will say unto the Lord, He is my rock and my fortress, my God in Him I will trust.” In Jesus’ Name.

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The Eyes of God

By Pastor Chuck Rhein

I met a man who hadn’t looked at himself in the mirror for ten years when we were first introduced. He obviously shaved and brushed his teeth but couldn’t bring himself to look at himself directly because of self-loathing. And I wonder what it would be like, if, for only a moment, what it would have been like for him to see just a glimpse of what Jesus sees when He sees this man. According to Isaiah, Jesus didn’t have spectacular eyes like a celebrity outwardly but imagine with me what it could be like to see what Jesus saw.

During the time of Christ’s ministry/27-29 AD, you and I would have seen Blind Bartimaeus as an older blind beggar, but Jesus called him a man of faith: “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” In that culture, an adulterer was worthy of death. We refer today to people that are guilty of crimes a bevy of names, but what did Jesus call the adulterer the Pharisees brought before him, caught in the act of adultery? A woman. It’s funny, but, Jesus didn’t see a leper condemned to die. He saw a man restored. In death, he referred to Lazarus as sleeping. It, therefore, begs the question, what does Jesus see that I need to see?

God saw Gideon (while hiding) as a mighty man of valor.

He saw David as a king when he wasn’t even considered a choice by his family. The Lord looked into the heart of the rich, young ruler, a man possessed by his possessions, and loved him. People groups that were considered lower than Gentiles in polite society, the Samaritans, caused Jesus to create a divine appointment to see her when other people avoided even walking through Samaria.

I think it’s safe to say, to establish, that the eyes of Jesus Christ see more than we can ever fathom. Therefore, consider this prayer,”

Ephesians 1:17– 19 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. 

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Seasons in The Son

By Pastor Chuck Rhein

There are inevitably some seasons in life where one major life crisis at a time would seem like winning a lifetime subscription to a daily pie delivery service. Maybe it is because you’re older and your kids are older, and your body is older. But not necessarily. Job said man was born for trouble, and his name carries some serious credibility. I imagine the people that meet Job in heaven probably tend to bring up similar topics with him.

And what seems to follow is not usually what makes it into a sermon, a teen life lesson, or comforting advice for a friend in pain. Rather, it seems that indefinable something that defies reason, rationality, or the logical progression of your life at that particular juncture, and still, it keeps you going. It seems to follow under the category of “This is temporary,” “We’ll get through this,” or “Other people have it worse,” – whatever you wanna call it.

So, you get into that place like the dream you had where you’re trying to run, but, your feet can’t move any faster yet, your heart can’t slow down so, so you awaken to relief when you find out it was only a dream. But this is your life, and you can look around at others’ lives and think,” What happened?” “Are you kidding me?” and, “I thought I knew you.” Still, the Lord inevitably takes you on a fun ride called “your own sinful/wicked heart,” and you realize that you are no better than any breathing human who wore a skin suit that day.

And so you begin writing in that invisible book that nobody sees on this side of eternity. You make entries that look like this: “I honestly don’t know what’s going on around me, but, we have come this far together, Jesus, and based upon Your care, Your Word, Your saints, and the character and nature of who you’ve been in my life, I know that you’re going to get us through x, y, and z.

And He does, in Jesus’ name.