People Pressure (Proverbs 16:19)

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The desire for the approval of others makes us do strange things. Because of people pressure, we wear clothing that is fashionable whether we like it or not, we accept invitation we would rather decline, and we work much harder than we want to for a level of financial success we don’t need. Most regrettably, however, we sometimes choose to follow a crowd that encourages us to do what is wrong.

In 1 Kings 12, we read about King Rehoboam, who also succumbed to people pressure. He rejected the good advice of older wise men who had known his father David and the mistakes he had made as king. Rehoboam listened instead to the counsel of his peers, younger advisors with whom he had grown up. They were probably motivated by pride and a desire for power, and he was obviously swayed by their influence. How dearly he paid for his mistake!

People pressure. We are all influenced by it. It bears down on us from all directions. But we can choose the path we will take. If we are swayed by the proud or by those who love money, live for pleasure, and long for power, people pressure will lead us down the path that ends in destruction. But if we listen to those who are humble and good and want to please them, we will take the way that pleases God. – Herbert Vander Lugt

“Seek ye first” not earth’s aspirings,

Ceaseless longings, vain desirings;

But your precious soul’s requirings

“Seek you first!” – Anon.

Those who follow the crowd soon get lost in the crowd.

  • July 6, 1992, Our Daily Bread
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