TEXT: Isaiah 30: 10
In the days of Isaiah the prophet, the rebellion of the children of Israel against God and his word got to a point that they openly told the prophets not to speak to them anything else, other than what they wanted to hear. God called them, a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not: and to the prophets prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceit. Get you out of the way; turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us (Isaiah 30: 9-11) KJV. “These people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay attention to the Lord’s instructions. They tell the Seers, “stop seeing visions!” They tell the prophets, Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. Get off your narrow path. Stop telling us about your “Holy one of Israel” (NLT). “These people are like children that refuse to obey their parents. They lie and refuse to listen to the Lord’s teachings. They tell the prophets, Don’t see dreams about things we should do! Don’t tell us the truth! Say nice things to us and make us feel good! See only good things for us! Stop seeing things that will really happen! Get out of your way! Stop telling us about the Holy One of Israel” (ERV).
We see that the people could no longer bear to hear prophetic words or the word of god that condemned their sinful and disobedient lifestyle. They were tired of hearing about God and the Holy lifestyle He required from them. They were tired of hearing the truth of God’s revelation. The very truth that would set them free from wrong lifestyles. They preferred to hear inoffensive, pleasant messages – Such that will make them feel at home, unperturbed or comfortable in their sin. Like Israel of old the church of this age is witnessing a similar state of mind or attitude among some worshippers. The apostle Paul rightly predicted that in the last days this ungodly attitude will resurface among churches (in the body of Christ). These people will reject God’s servants who proclaim the truth and instead choose people or preachers who preach what they want to hear. They will insist on pleasant and flattering messages that do not expose their sinful and worldly lifestyles, but rather assure them of their security and God’s love, blessings and approval no matter what they do or how they live. Paul’s charge to Timothy concerning this attitude of some worshippers in the last days are put in these words: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” – (2 Timothy 4:1-4) KJV.
“I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his kingdom: preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favourable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after Myths!! (NLT) “The time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching. But people will find more and more teachers that say the things those people want to hear. People will stop listening to the truth. They will begin to follow the teaching in false stories” (2 Timothy 4:3-4) ERV.
It is important to note that it is not what you want to hear that matters, but what God wants you to hear. Know also that at the end of the day, He, God has the final say about your life. Everyone will be judged by His word Someday. Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth, not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48) KJV.