“When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.” Psalm 50:21 NIV
Read: Psalm 50:16-23
When you were a kid, you probably were called a name you did not like. Kids can be cruel. But, it is not just kids. Do you have friends who call you names or use critical terms to insult you because you won’t join them in doing things that go against your conscience? You don’t laugh at their inappropriate off color jokes or you won’t go to their parties that are just an excuse to drink.
Your so called friends are more concerned with you fitting in to their ideals than respecting your faith and moral code.
There were times in my teens when I was more concerned with doing whatever was necessary to win the approval of my peers than winning any accolades from my GOD. Perhaps, there was a time in your life when you were more concerned with the names or labels being put on you than the more important name GOD gave you…’my child’.
Are you more afraid of being called a prude, a stick-in-the-mud, no fun or too religious than being called by GOD faithful, true, honorable or obedient? There is no need to feel alone or cast out by those who really don’t care about you or your walk with GOD. GOD is there to reward you for your love of HIM.
Others may abandon their peer pressure ways when they see the peace and joy you have in your RISEN SAVIOUR. Tell them about Jesus.
Today’s prayer: “Thank YOU, GOD, for giving me YOUR special name for me. Help me resist the names I am called and the pressures from others to abandon YOUR will for me. Amen.”