Men love to make excuses and can justify every act of disobedience. If you put men under trial, they will declare themselves innocent of any act – both big and small. Men will never achieve perfection, but they will still paint themselves with flawless colors. Pleasure is their god …another god is success …and another is wisdom … these gods can be justified as harmless hobbies or entertainment. Men also have great advocates, they easily make sense of all their acts of rebellion.
Therefore we must make a choice. Who will we listen to? If we listen to God, we come under pressure and are even called names, perceived as having ulterior motives …until we buckle. Nehemiah felt this pressure and he asked … who will we listen to …God or men. Listening to God can be costly …like the three Hebrew boys it can lead to fires but in which we are supernaturally preserved. Listening to men will always lead to our damnation.
Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, do not worry about what men are asking you to do …do not be careful in answering them …the only response they need to hear is a clear unrepentant “no”. In the end the Hebrew brothers were promoted.
Daniel 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Verses for further meditation
Daniel 3:16; Daniel 3:30
Thoughts for Business and the work place
There are times when we must not listen to men — retreating to hear God.
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach me to wait on your word. Amen
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