Ezekiel 2:3-7He said, “Son of man, I’m sending you to the family of Israel, a rebellious nation if there ever was one. They and their ancestors have fomented rebellion right up to the present. They’re a hard case, these people to whom I’m sending you—hardened in their sin.Tell them, ‘This is the Message of God, the Master.’ They are a defiant bunch. Whether or not they listen, at least they’ll know that a prophet’s been here. But don’t be afraid of them, son of man, and don’t be afraid of anything they say. Don’t be afraid when living among them is like stepping on thorns or finding scorpions in your bed. Don’t be afraid of their mean words or their hard looks. They’re a bunch of rebels.Your job is to speak to them. Whether they listen is not your concern. They’re hardened rebels.Wow. God didn’t have much nice to say about the family of Israel here. I could add to it but sometimes I complain. Sometimes I don’t follow God. Sometimes I rebel. Sometimes I have mean words and hard looks. Sometimes I’m a hard case, turning away from God.Lord, forgive me of my sins. Don’t let me be hardened in my sin. Forgive me for my rebellious heart. Forgive me for being defiant and not listening to your words. Help me to trust you enough to listen to you. Soften my heart. Flood me with your peace and your joy. Permeate my being with your peace and your love.Today, Lord, let me not be afraid to move in the direction that you need me to go. Guide my steps. Show me where you need me. Help me not to be afraid of the people around me or their words. Help me to be sure in your guidance and not be swayed by others.