Vexed by Thorns!

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Do you feel “hedged in”?  Unable to move forward?  Somewhat paralyzed?  Stuck???  Could it be that God has set up a hedge to protect you from going where you shouldn’t go?

In Hosea 2:6-8, God promised to set a hedge of thorns on the sides of Israel’s path so it would “hurt” whenever she started to go the wrong way.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had literal thorn bushes encompassed about us, preventing us from taking wrong turns?

I don’t like it a whit when God hedges my way!

We tend to think He is against us when we are stopped short of proceeding down wrong paths (which we don’t perceive as wrong paths).

But I’m wondering if we can start looking at those invisible restrictions as thorny bushes set up by our Protector as a shield of security.

While it’s true that gouging thorns vex us and wound us if we try to push through them into dangerous territory … in reality, those thorns are one of the sweetest expressions of God’s love.

Dear Lord, we look to You to hedge up our way with thorns and wall us in when we attempt to move in directions that will do us harm — even if it has to hurt a little.  Amen.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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