Discouragement in confrontation

My daily Bible reading has me in Ezekiel and John. I’d like to share something with you that I’ve always enjoyed from the previous book: God called Ezekiel to be a spiritual watchman (3:16-19 & 33:1-9), an individual that paralleled a literal man standing on the wall warning the city of approaching danger. We saw a watchman in action recently in 2 Sam 18:24-27 with the man who saw Ahimaaz and the Cushite running (and another example is in 2 Kin 9:17-20 when the man watched the “furious driving” of King Jehu [you can also get the idea of a watchman from these verses: Jer 4:5, 6:1, Hos 8:1, Amos 3:6 and Hab 2:1]).

I think familiarity with watchmen can really save us from discouragement and frustration in our spiritual lives when we remember they were only responsible with delivering the message; what the people did with the message wasn’t their responsibility. Eze 33:7-9“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul (also in 3:16-19).

Do you ever get frustrated with people when they don’t respond the way you want? Maybe I’m the only one :). I think it shows a real maturity to be able to deliver a message and remain calm and composed when it’s not received well and a real immaturity (that I’ve shown on too many occasions) to get flustered and upset when we feel like people aren’t listening to us. If you want to do a little extra reading and see an awesome Watchman in action, read Jerermiah 28 about a showdown between Jeremiah and a lame, false prophet named Hananiah. Jeremiah shared his part and everyone blew him off, but he remained calm and simply left. The good news is God has only called us to share the Good news; He hasn’t made us the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. Remembering this can save us from unneeded frustration.

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