God’s Message came to
me: "Son of man, I’m about to take from you the delight of your life—a
real blow, I know. But, please, no tears. Keep your grief to yourself.
No public mourning. Get dressed as usual and go about your work—none of
the usual funeral rituals." Ezekiel 24:15-17 (TM)
Truth can be a tough pill to swallow, and that makes reading the Old Testament prophets a difficult task, at times. The truth is that God is sovereign, and while He has a plan for our lives, there are times that He has the bigger picture in mind. His plan for us also includes developing within us character qualities like maturity, wholeness, endurance, perseverance – for which the teacher is trials and difficulties.