Peer Pressure. Those are 2 words that I'll bet put fear in your hearts. Will your children be swayed by their friends to live a life different from what you'd have for them? You have spent years teaching them right from wrong, teaching them to love, obey, and serve God. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they remained steadfast and strong regardless of the pressure of their friends?
You'll see that loud and clear in our chapter from The Story this week. Daniel and his 3 buddies are taken from their home in Judah to a country called Babylon. Will they become like these people who worship all sorts of idols and have ideals that are foreign to God's people? No Way! They hold their allegiance to God to a degree that amazes me.
They don't want to eat the king's food. I imagine they are worried where it comes from...idol sacrifices? They look better after a week of veggies and water than the others who are eating from the king's table.
Bow down to a 90 foot golden statute of the king or be thrown into the furnace? The three of them decide to worship their unseen Lord God whom they know can save them from the fire...if He wants. Soon they are seen walking in the fiery furnace with a fourth figure the king thinks is God's angel sent to protect them.
Pray to the Lord God when it has been outlawed for 30 days? If caught the penalty is being torn up by lions. But Daniel doesn't even hide when he prays to God. He is in his window where he can be seen easily.
These 4 men, probably teenagers when exiled, never bow to peer pressure but remain strong in their allegiance to the Lord God. What a witness! Wouldn't you like that for your children? I certainly hope I can be strong enough to stand for God if put into a situation I know will cause me great harm if I do. How about you? Do you cave to peer pressure when you aren't at church? Do you become more like others so you don't stand out? if you do, STOP! Be an example for your kids. Show them how nothing is more important than a relationship with God.
I truly hope you are spending time with your children during the week, reading and talking about the subject of our chapter. Talk about how God keeps His promises.
Have a blessed week!