I’m Steve Arterburn with a New Life Moment.
I think you would agree with me that our society is somewhat troubled, wouldn’t you? And if that’s the case, then adopting the values and priorities of such a society would make us—by virtue of definition—troubled as well, right? Then why do we give in to the pressure to conform?
Few things in life come easier than giving in to the pressure of conformity. And even fewer things are more dangerous. Resistance requires vigilance and vigor. But more important still, the knowledge that God blesses those who do.
Just think of some of the great stories of men and women in the Bible—they were non-conformists. People like Noah, Job, David, Esther, Ruth, John the Baptist, and the 12 Disciples, just to name a few. They fixed their eyes upon the Lord, and what went on around them was secondary. Shouldn’t we do the same.
Søren Kierkegaard—a Christian who knew well what it meant to swim against the stream:
“I shall never know the security which consists in being like others. No, I remain in unlikeness. There I remain with Thee—and I recognize the blessedness of it.”
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.