Pastor Tim Romero
Isaiah 39:1–2 (ESV): "At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2 And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them."
Jesus said, "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets (Lk 6:26)." Flattery is a classic trick of the enemy which he uses it to make us vulnerable and complacent. Never forget that all that you have is from God may He get all the glory.
After receiving the threatening letter from the Assyrians and spreading it out before the Lord in His sanctuary, Hezekiah received multiple letters from Merodach-baladan, the king of Babylon. However, Hezekiah didn't bring these letters before the Lord but rather he received them, and the envoy that delivered them for they were words of flattery. Hezekiah then proceeded to show them around Judah. Hezekiah didn't fail to show them all that they had. It was because of his pride and wanting to be further praised by them that Hezekiah made Judah a prize for the nation of Babylon to overtake.
When people begin to flatter you understand there is an agenda behind it. The enemy is trying to open you up so that you will become vulnerable to the sin of pride. That doesn't mean we don't take a compliment but we should always give all the glory to God. We also don't need to share with everyone just how blessed we are. There is a fine line between giving God glory and elevating self. Pray and seek the Lord when men flatter you. Don't let it become a source of sin in your life. Remain humble, unassuming, and always give God all the glory. Amen?
Father, we thank You for all that You have done in our lives. You have given us far more than we deserve. Help us to never let that go to our heads as if You're the lucky one. Keep us humble and meek before You. Let us never allow the enemy a place within. Help us to keep him outside the walls of our lives. Give us wisdom regarding his warfare we pray in Jesus name, amen.