"Stubborn or Committed,"

A Devotional Message Based on Hans Nielsen Hauge,

Printed in January, February, March Issue of "Christ in Our Home, Light for Today,"

Thursday, March 29

Isaiah 50:4-9a

"Therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame."

"I really appreciate the language the prophet uses here. My daughter, when she was very young, mastered the "flint fact." Her eyes would become fixed and her jaw set, letting me know that getting her to clean her room was going to take an act of Congress.

Setting one's face like flint isn't always simple subbornness. Sometimes it is the faithful response to God's call in one's life. Such was the case with Hans Niesen Hauge, whom we commemorate today. He had a great influence on Lutheranism in Europe and the U.S. Converted to Christianity at age twenty-five and theologically self-taught, Hauge's lay preaching produced a nation-wide revival in his home country of Norway. Thing is, it was illegal for a layperson to preach. Hauge was thrown into prison ten times, but he continued to preach each time he was released. He wasn't stubborn so much as he was totally committed to calling his fellow Norwegians to a personal appropriation of the gospel in faith--today we might use the term "personal relationship with Christ."

God my defender, give me courage to trust that, being faithful to you, I will never be put to shame. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Prayer concern: Ongoing renewal of the church.

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