Book: Proverbs 26
“Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.”
It seems as though people today are more interested in hearing charismatic speakers and politicians with a feel good message rather than listening to those who give the plain truth. In fact it seems as though truth takes a secondary position to what those controlling culture want us to hear. People seem to believe that “if it sounds good it must be right” without asking intelligent discerning questions, like, “what will the consequences be?”
This reminds me of a verse found in 2 Timothy 4:3 where it says, “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.” It is important to understand that our western culture today is not always being led by biblical principles. People are often more interested in getting what they want than telling the truth. Others follow them because they also want the false dream that is being so elegantly argued.
Many times I have listened to speakers and politicians who have given a passionate, emotional and appealing speech but being very disappointed in its content. It lacks solid biblical truth, it lacks substance, and it leads people away from the Kingdom of God.
Kingdom people go back to the Word and ask the King for truth in every situation. He is the one who provides true freedom. He is the one who will keep us from being tricked by smooth words that lead us away from what is right and true.
Take time to reflect on John 8:31-32 where it says, “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” How does this relate to the proverb above? How does it relate to your life today? Ask the Lord to help you to be faithful to His teaching and not be taken in by “smooth words.”