by Sal Huckel
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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, give me the courage, strength and freedom from fear when bringing your word to others and following the instructions you give me. Guide me with your Holy Spirit and wisdom in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they have six wonderful children – now an entire worship band as they serve together in ministry. Sal wears many other hats: she loves writing, speaking, and working as a wellness coach for Weight Watchers.