We all want to hear good things about ourselves. Your hair looks nice. Your shirt is amazing. I love the way you decorated your home. This food tastes wonderful. Compliments are great and often we do not receive enough of this positive encouragement.
Flattery is different than compliments. Flattery is insincere, typically given to someone by a person who has an ulterior motive. This is something that we read about in Isaiah 30:10. The Bible says: “They say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ and to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy the truth to us. Tell us flattering things. Prophesy illusions’” (CSB). People were asking to not be told the truth. The people wanted to hear what was agreeable to them. The people wanted to be flattered. The people wanted to hear the insincere. People wanted to hear the fake stuff.
Today, some people are still crying out for the flattering things. Sadly, you have a choice to seek out the truth or to reach for the flattering things. If you cry out, “Flatter me,” you might be enjoying life for the time being; however, this disillusionment keeps you from seeing and living out truth. Instead, you accept a façade. You can even consider yourself a flattery seeker if you cling tightly to what tickles your ears, and turn a blind eye from hearing anything else. Sometimes the lies sounds so good and inviting that you would rather hold tight to them. Unfortunately, again this is all a façade and eventually all the lies come to a crashing halt and truth prevails.
What can you do? Continue to seek out the truth even if it rubs you the wrong way. The truth may cause friction and make things a bit more challenging. Truth may not be a nice little package with a pretty bow on top. However, truth is truth. Truth cannot be changed. Truth should not be ignored. We can never be our best selves if we chase around the flattery and turn away from truth. We certainly cannot draw closer to God if we rest with the lies. God is all about truth. May we too be all about truth.