God called the prophet Ezekiel to speak the truth to his own people, the family of Israel. Hard times had befallen their nation. Ezekiel himself had been taken as a prisoner in 597 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Soon, the capital city would be destroyed, the Temple of Yahweh decimated, and all of Israel taken captive into Babylon (586 BC). The Jews, who believed themselves particularly blessed by the LORD above all nations, needed to hear that their sins, rebellion, and turning away from the LORD had brought national destruction upon them.

But the people of Israel were hard-headed. They would not be willing, according to the LORD, to listen to the prophet (Ezekiel 3:7). In fact, their “foreheads were like flint” (Ezekiel 3:7).

But Ezekiel was to speak the truth anyway, regardless of the peoples’ reception of it. And in the sending of Ezekiel, the LORD made an incredible promise to the prophet.

“I will make your forehead like a diamond, harder than flint. Do not be fear their angy looks or ridicule.” (Ezekiel 3:9).

Not all Christians have the gifts of a prophet. Not all believers are called, like Ezekiel, to go speak the Word of the LORD to a nation. But for those who are, this verse should be an encouragement. The Spirit of the LORD can strengthen the mind of one who speaks God’s truth o be relentless, impenetrable, and protected from the onslaught of ridicule for declaring the LORD’s word and will to a stubborn and obstinate people.

As much as it is an encouragement to the prophets of God, it is also a caution to the people of God.

Nations need men and women unafraid to declare the truth of God. The life of a nation depends on it.

May the LORD make the foreheads of His spokespersons to America like diamonds.