“Just have one drink … it won’t kill you.” “Just try it, everybody else is doing it. All your friends are doing it. It won’t hurt you.” “Nobody sees what you’re doing, go ahead and try it.” The first two set of phrases were actual statements made to me during my formative teenage years of life. The last phrase was what my sin nature has whispered to my soul many times since. Today I read a wonderful story of a group of young men who decided they would not bend to peer pressure, or to that rotten sin-nature within them telling them it’s okay to go against the standards and principles of the Word of God.
One family; the children of Jonadab (son of Rechab), had made a promise to their father that they would not drink wine, or build houses. In this account in Jeremiah 35 we read that someone told them to sit down and enjoy some wine with them. They refused, stating that they had made a commitment to their father not to go against his word. Today we are living in a society that excuses many things that the Bible says we should avoid. Jeremiah was so impressed with the conviction of these young men that he wrote their story in the Bible. Not only was Jeremiah impressed with them, but God also was and is. “And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, ‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before Me forever” (Jeremiah 35:18-19).
God is looking for some people who will stand and be counted today. I know that it is tough to do what is right when so many other people are doing what is wrong and making seemingly rational excuses for their behavior. I’m thankful that I was taught Biblical principles to build my life upon and to understand where to take a stand. This world will always try to entice the believer to “step over the line” from what is right to what is just slightly wrong. Please beware of this trick, and be careful where you step! God is still searching for young and older men and women who will not bend to the pressures of the society around us. Will you be one of them, or will you give in to the deception of the world? God’s Word is clear enough about what we should and should not do. God gave the believer the Holy Spirit to witness with our spirit when we are about to do wrong. The ministry of conviction that the Holy Spirit gives to you, while not necessarily enjoyable, is needed every day. Don’t bend … please!