In the face of intense pressure, Aaron gave in to the demands of the people.
As a parent, I’m sure you know about pressure. Our kids can be relentless in asking us to do things outside our value system, including the movies they want to see, the kids they want to hang out with, and the people they want to date. They can be every bit as demanding and intimidating as the angry crowd facing Aaron!
When that happens, think of Aaron’s failure and stand firm. Let your desire to be obedient to God give you strength, and lovingly explain why you’re not willing to compromise your beliefs.
Be a God-pleaser rather than a people-pleaser.
Then he melted them and made an idol in the shape of a young bull. All the people said to one another, “This is the god who brought us out of Egypt!” (Exodus 32:4 CEV)
2 Corinthians 5:9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—
Colossians 3:22-25 Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
Galatians 6:1-18 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Colossians 1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 2:10 And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Proverbs 29:26 Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
1 Peter 2:13-14 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
Romans 14:10-12 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.