Daniel 3:6 Pressure

Logs on fire

Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Daniel 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes there is always pressure being applied to get him to do something. Advertisements bombard a person daily to get one to purchase some item that he ‘needs’ to really live life. Pressure for a person to vote a certain way. There is pressure to like or accept certain things or lifestyles.

When a person does not give into those pressures, there is often some type of consequence. Unwritten, unofficial punishment occurs, a shunning, a push-back.

King Nebuchadnezzar had built a statue of gold of himself and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Several Jews chose not to bow down. Pressure was put upon them to bow down. The pressure was that if they chose not to bow down, they would be thrown into a furnace to be burnt alive.

While there are many things that are put upon a person to do that are not directly sinful, such as purchasing a new car, or buying a certain type of soda, there is a lot of pressure to do things that go against God’s word. Pressure is put upon a person to choose and accept sin in his life.

Most will not tell a person to lie, but pressure will be put on a person to ‘bend the truth’ a little. Or they will be asked to hide a situation, rather than call it out. In the individual life, one often feels pressure to overlook the ‘little’ sins in his life.

Although most won’t have to pay with their life in a furnace, there is a cost to compromising God’s holy standards. Sin is sin and leads to death.

Every believer must be willing to stand up for the standards of God in his own life and not give in to the pressures of this world to sin.

You will have pressure come against you to sin. Threats will be made that if you do not live, act, or speak a certain way there will be consequences against you.

In your heart you have to make a choice as to who you will serve and obey. Will it be God or will it be self and this world?

Allow yourself to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and power to overcome the pressure to sin. Be willing to go into the furnace, rather than sin against God.

I pray today that you will know God’s holy standards to live by; that God will give you strength to stand up to pressure to sin; that you will seek God when being pressured to sin; and that you will trust God to preserve you when punished by this world. 

2 Chronicles 10:8 Seeking Only Peer Acceptance

Tree at sunset

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 2 Chronicles 10:8 

Desire to please those one’s own age is a common factor. They seek guidance and wisdom from their peers and reject the wisdom of those older.

Often this is done because people want to try something different or be different. The challenge with this is that most people who are younger do not have the experience to guide correctly. They see things as though they are the kings of the world and are the wisest.

It is not that the younger generation does not have any wisdom, but often it is not the best. Sometimes they are focused on power, wealth and fame, rather than what is best for everyone all around.

When Solomon had died, his son Rehoboam had become king. When he asked the elders as to how to rule the people, they stated that he should lighten the load of the people. Rehoboam did not like that advice, so he went to the young men his age. They told him to make the load heavier. In the end it split the nation of Israel.

People often seek advice all the time. While seeking advice, they will only take what sounds good and easy, but refuse to accept advice who have been down that path or understand the situation. Younger people often believe that they know what is best.

Believers who have been around a while, and have grown in the Lord, have learned a few things. They have some Godly wisdom that they have gained over the years. Those who have been believers for a longer period of time must be willing to share the wisdom they have learned with others. Those who are younger believers, must learn from those who have walked with the Lord for a time.

There will be times you seek wisdom and direction. Be careful on what wisdom you accept. Study God’s word and seek God in prayer. Check the wisdom that is given to you against the word of God. Does it make you more like Jesus and build His kingdom or not?

Do not just accept things that will be only of personal gain, but accept the wisdom that will build God’s kingdom and make you more like Jesus.

If you are among those who have been around a while, share what God has taught you with others. Do not keep the wisdom to yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom in your life; that you will share God’s wisdom with others; and that you will seek to be more like Jesus everyday and build His kingdom.