The man of God has faith in God. He understands the big picture involves focusing on eternal things and that he’s a spokesman to the people to turn rebellious people to God. So the man of God preaches God’s word which is bitter sweet. Ezekiel and Revelation 10 depict the word of God as a book which the prophet/preacher is to eat.
“2:8 “Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” 9 Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. 10 When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe. 3:1 Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. 4 Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. 5 “For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel,” Ezekiel 2:8-3:5; cf Revelation 10:9-11.
As the man of God eats the book, it tastes sweet as honey to him but it becomes bitter in the stomach. Why so? Because on the book is written “lamentations, mourning and woe.” Because the difficulty of sharing God’s word to rebellious and obstinate people makes it a burden. The prophet loves the word like honey, but taking the word to the lost is challenging.
Preaching to the lost world is hard. Lost people don’t want to hear the truth which interrupts everything they are doing. The Lost souls of our day are just as obstinate and rebellious as in Ezekiel or John’s day. But we must preach. We can’t take the book and enjoy it’s sweet honey goodness and not share it. Sure, it’s a burden, bitter to the stomach, but we must speak it. God bless you. Dan