Shame on me? No More (Isaiah 50:7) – Your Daily Bible Verse – August 12

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Shame on me? No longer (Isaiah 50:7)
By: Anne Peterson

Today’s Bible Verse: But the Lord God help me; wherefore I was not dishonored; therefore I have lifted up my face like a pebble, and I know that I will not be ashamed. – Isaiah 50:7

It was Christmas time and our Bible teacher spent a lot of time choosing something special for each of us in her home Bible study. Handpicked verses. Of course, with Lois, not only did I know she would pray for every choice, but I also knew how well she knew us.

My verse was the one about setting up my face like a flint. I had to research what that meant. This verse suited me perfectly, and she knew it. Growing up in a dysfunctional home, I often carried the shame. I even remember that one of my aunts told us more than once: “Shame on you”.

I don’t remember our crimes, just how shameful it felt. Her eyes narrowed and she pointed a finger in our direction. All I can guess is that she was also a victim of shame in her life.

But meeting Lois Peterson changed everything in my life, which was God‘s plan. Because Lois saw through my breakup, and she loved the self-righteous girl who showed up at her house one day.

On September 12, 1972, as I was returning home from his Bible study, the truth about what Jesus did on the cross came alive. I went from knowing that he died for the world to knowing with certainty that the blood of Jesus was shed for me. The next day I called her to tell her.

“Lois, I’m saved!” I know for sure that I will go to heaven!

Isaiah 50:7, inspirational image

I did not know the trip to come. A journey where God would reveal parts of his character with each ordeal I would go through. I would learn that God had begun a work in me that rainy September night and that work will not be finished until I see Him in glory (Philippians 1:6).

I would learn when Jesus died on the cross, even though he was perfect, having no sin, he took our sin upon himself. He also took away our shame.

Hebrews 12 tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was in store for him endured the cross, despising the shame, and who now sits at the right hand of the throne of God.

As prisoners served their sentences and were released, the Roman guards would write the word, tetelestai on the wall near the prisoner’s cell. These are the same words that Jesus exclaimed just before he died: “It is finished” (John 19:30). The payment for the offense was complete for the prisoner. He was fully paid.

Just like our payment for sin.

No wonder Paul tells us that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). When we choose to feel shame, we minimize what Jesus did. We say to Jesus, “It’s one thing that you bore my sins, but I can’t ask you to bear my shame as well. In other words, what he did was not enough, so we will bear our guilt.

I also had to learn what it means to set my face up like a flint. Jesus raised his face like a flint to accomplish his mission on earth. He knew that God would provide everything necessary to accomplish this mission. Just as we know we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Jesus died for your sins, and he took your shame. It’s finish!


Anne Peterson is a poet, lecturer, published author of 16 books, including her latest book, Still There: Finding God’s Comfort Through Loss. Anne has published children’s books, poetry books and 2 memoirs. She is a regular contributor to Crosswalk. If you’re not sure if you’re going to heaven, sign up for Anne’s free e-book, Real Love at www.annepeterson.com. You can also connect with Anne on Facebook.

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