2 TIMOTHY 4:3
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like my ears tickled. It is really irritating, lol. Of course, Paul isn’t talking about a physical tickling. He’s referring to people wanting to hear what they want to hear. People don’t want to be confronted with their sin. They had rather have someone tell them how great they are. They love hearing how much God loves them. Just don’t tell them that loving God also demands obedience.
That Greek word for “tickled” is only used here. It also can mean to scratch. So, get the picture of scratching the ears, much like you would a dog. Boy, our dog used to love to have his ears scratched. He would sit there for hours if you would just scratch his ears. We are the same. Just make us feel good about ourselves, and we will believe anything you say. How dangerous.
Do your children have a dog or cat? The next time you see them petting them, specifically scratching their ears, ask them why they do that. When they say because their pet loves it, read them this verse. I bet they didn’t know there is a verse about tickling or scratching ears.
Ask them if they like people saying nice things about them. How does it make them feel? Ask them if that would influence how they believe what else they may say to them. Ear tickling is just one way to try to “win over” their attention and trust. But God isn’t about ear tickling. He doesn’t have to flatter us to prove His love. He has already done that through His Son.
What do you want, ear tickling or confrontation of sin? If you are honest you will say the former. But what do you need? The latter, of course. If you never hear sin mentioned in your church’s pulpit you might want to evaluate the ear tickling meter. Let the Word convict you and drive you to a deeper walk with Jesus.
Father, I don’t want my ears tickled. I want to be corrected and challenged through Your word. Help me do the same for others.