“It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:5, ESV)
Who do you choose to listen to? It is certainly more pleasing to hear the song of fools. They tell us what we want to hear, they tell us we are justified to remain in our sin, the song of fools distracts us from the decisions we need to make. I think the song of fools must be a lot like the song of the Pied Piper who played his flute and to lull and entice not only the rats to follow but also the children.
This may be why so many are fearful, even among professing believers, to open the scripture and read God’s word because they will be confronted with the truth about their true condition before the Holy God and their fate. Seems they would rather stick their head in the sand hoping to hide from the truth. Funny thing, the truth remains, God said His word remains forever, the truth will not change and will not go away. The best action is to deal with the truth, accept Godly rebuke and the servants that speak the truth. As the truth does not change, we can change and we can deal with our sinful ways to be ready to stand before the Lord.