“Son of Man, I’m sending you to that rebellious people, the Israelis, who have rebelled against me the same way their ancestors did. And they’re still rebels to this very day! 4 They’re stubborn and strong willed. I’m sending you to them to tell them what the LORD says. 5 Whether this rebellious group listens to you or not, at least they’ll realize that a prophet had appeared in their midst!
When reading the first verse spoken to Ezekiel shows me just how far apart we humans are from God. God was emphasising this distance between them, yet He was using Ezekiel to work for Him. It is funny to me how God uses such imperfect creatures to do His holy bidding.
Ezekiel was called to communicate God’s message to the people whether or not the would listen or not. Ezekiel’s success would be based on how faithful he was to the Lord and not how many people he made listen to him when he was speaking. Just like many prophets before him, he would be called to tell people what they needed to hear and not what they wanted. Both Isaiah and Jeremiah spoke to the people with little positive feedback, on the contrary many wanted them dead.
When reading the scriptures, God’s truth never depends on how others respond to it, but it allowed the people to know who their true Judge was and what they were doing wrong. This is an important lesson to learn for those in ministries. Whether preaching a church of 500 or speaking to a friend or stranger about what God has done in your life. Many times our words will fall on deaf ears. Now sometimes whether you know it or not, God’s word will plant a small seed in their heart. So never feel depressed or disheartened when you are not receiving positive feedback. As long as you are obeying what God commanded you to do is all that matters.
By learning this simple truth and understanding people are hardheaded by nature, you will come to understand that is their sign of weakness because they do not want to admit to their sins. You see, people want to live and enjoy their lives and have a false sense of not being held accountable for their actions and when someone steps in and tells them about their wrongdoing, more often than not you will get some sort of push back. If God himself warned people over and over about their sins, don’t think they will just start listening to you when you speak.
So if you are feeling called out by God to do something, don’t be stubborn. Learn from the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Do and say the truth of God’s word and let the chips fall where they may land. Don’t take it to heart when people pick at you or make fun or you, plan for it. These are signs that you are doing the right thing and their anger and stubbornness is the conviction the Lord is putting in their hearts. Naturally they will want to stop. They may even lash out at you in anger when they should be thanking you for sharing God’s word with them.
Please remember this small lesson and understand that our reward comes from serving God and not how much popularity we have with the crowds. Your final review will come from our Heavenly Father and not man. Please have a blessed day and remember Matthew 25:31-40.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled in front of him, and he will cull them out, one from another, like a shepherd separates sheep from goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left. 34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who have been blessed by my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, 35 because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will say to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or see you naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 The king will answer them, ‘I tell all of you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’