Words that tickle our ears

Nike, Ephesus“And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of him?  So the king said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man, Micaiah, the son of Imiah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me but evil.”  And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!”  1 King 22 7-8

How often does our own selfish desire for our own way enter into our decisionmaking? 

Are we seeking out strong believers who offer counsel from God’s word and not from their own logic or emotions to help us choose?  Or, are we making decisions based on the words of those who don’t follow or who aren’t truly seeking God — but say all that we want to hear? 

Do we sift counsel or seek people to agree with us to find the choicest words that match with our fleshly desires then let these concurrences be our guide? 

In my own life I have let this happen, ending up in a marriage not meant for me.  I stubbornly chose not to hear those who were in opposition to my decision — for my own good. 

God places godly people in our lives for our own good so that they can speak His wisdom to us.  To be used as a mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit to provide us advice — based on God’s word — and nothing more.

We are to surround ourselves with good counsel who will speak the truth in love because it protects us….we are not to surround ourselves with those who just want to tickle our ears with pleasing words of agreement.

“That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.   You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Ephesians 4:20-25


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