But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Think how often God’s will is challenged in life. Examples range from national issues like government-sanctioned abortion to private matters like the temptation to shade the truth on a tax form or other legal document. It’s so easy to believe that we are not accountable to God to do the right thing in every single situation in life.
Especially is it true when we are trying to do what pleases God and we are met with opposition or criticism—and we are standing alone in our desire to please God. That was young David’s situation when Israel was confronted by the Philistine giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Everyone from King Saul to David’s own brothers was an obstacle in his path. Yet he refused to back down. David knew that God’s name was at stake and needed to be defended. So he put his faith in God and went into the battle, armed with the only things he knew how to use: faith and a sling—and was victorious.
God does not promise physical victory in every confrontation. But He does expect faithfulness and commitment to Him. If you are being opposed in your desire to please God, clothe yourself in God’s armor and stand firm (Ephesians 6:10-18).
If you stand on the Word, you do not stand with the world.