How to Resist Peer Pressure

Here's how to fight the pressure to portray a facade of success.
Here's how to fight the pressure to portray a facade of success. (Charisma archives)

Our world is constantly trying to tell you what determines your value—and sell you something that will increase your worth according to that standard. But we are in search of an accurate measure, one that balances truth and worth. It must be pure, incorruptible, solid and tested.

There is only one source for this type of measure. It is found in the treasury of God's counsel and wisdom. King Solomon prayed:

"Give Your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad, for who is able to judge among so great a people?" (1 Kings 3:9).

As ruler of God's people, Solomon sensed his overwhelming need for wisdom. He set his heart to make wisdom his lifelong pursuit. Let's pattern our quest for truth after Solomon's search. We can possess all the knowledge this world may offer and still remain fools. It's not about what we know. It's about getting wisdom.

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Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge, experience and truth while retaining a proper relationship with God. It gives us eyes to see and ears to hear. Only when we possess wisdom will we recognize truth.

Though we may not have the resources of Solomon, his wisdom is recorded so that we might continually benefit from it. And even more, we have access to the One who was the source of all Solomon's insights.

This week, I encourage you to seek God and align your mind with His standard of truth. Shut out the voices telling you to measure your worth by what you have, what you do or how you appear. Instead, meditate on these words:

"... so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God" (Prov. 2:2–5).

Adapted from It's Not How You Look, It's What You See by Lisa Bevere. You can click here to learn more about that message.

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