“And whether they listen or fail to listen — for they are a rebellious people — they will know that a prophet has been among them (Ezekiel 2:5).
This is a really interesting passage. God himself warns Ezekiel that he is being sent to rebellious and stubborn people. What a send! He’s going into it with his eyes open and is assured that — whether they listen or not — they will know a prophet has been among them. There isn’t a promise of success or a turnaround story — just the assurance and knowledge that he is being given an assignment, God has a purpose, and he has a mission.
We might think of Jesus’ instructions to his followers: “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” (Matthew 10:14).
We have it here in Jesus’ words too. We will not always be welcome as Jesus followers, prophets, truth-tellers, teachers … in any assignment we are given in our ministries.
Stay faithful and pray for the knowledge for when it’s time to think about dusting off your sandals.
Lord, lead me to follow Your path for me, even when that path is difficult and filled with stubborn people. May I be a light shining for You in whatever I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.