The dictionary definition of the word blush is as follows: to develop a pink tinge in the face from embarrassment or shame. When was the last time you had a “pink tinge” on your face and embarrassment in your heart? I pray that today’s word will bring you great comfort and encouragement!
Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth. (Isaiah 54:4)
Every one of us can think back to times we would rather forget. We have all done some things that have caused us great embarrassment. But when it comes to our relationship with Jesus, we have been given the sure and certain promise that we will not be put to shame. Our Savior will shelter us from all shame. We have no cause to blush when we have put our trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and our Savior.
The world will try to shame us for believing the Bible. They say, “You don’t really believe in a talking snake, Noah’s ark, or Jonah’s whale of a tale do you?” Such comments are, of course, designed to shame us by implying that we are simpleminded Neanderthals who believe in myths and legends. But the prophet Isaiah says we will not be put to shame and we are not to fear disgrace.
The truth is on our side and the truth will ultimately set us free. It gives us the faith that looks to no other than Jesus Christ, a faith that will not be shamed or shaken. The world knows nothing of the truths of Scripture and does everything in its power to shame us for believing it. But we need not fear the slings and arrows of this world, because Christ has overcome it all (John 16:33).
Remember, the world laughed at our Lord Jesus and mocked Him. They condemned Him for being a madman, crucified Him for claiming to be God and having the authority to forgive sin. They spit on Him, beat Him until He was unrecognizable (Isaiah 52:14), crowned Him with thorns, and nailed Him to a wooden cross. Should those who are His expect anything less? Should we expect a crown of glory from this world when they were happy to give to our Lord a crown of thorns?
Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, do not blush as the world belittles you for your faith! Learn the truth Moses knew, that the treasures of Egypt are not to be desired when they stand in direct opposition to the treasures of the Truth (Hebrews 11:26).
When Jesus said He was “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6), He meant what He said! And one day soon, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is indeed Lord. Until that day, choose the way of the reproach of Christ and do not blush as you reach out with the Good News of the Gospel. Tell all those you come in contact with that you are not ashamed of the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!