“1And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. 2And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? 3Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. 4And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. 5And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD. Judges 2:1-5 KJV
“28 We know that all things work together[m] for the good[n] of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30 HCSB
“18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 KJV
“Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136:26 KJV
Thorns. I think the meaning of that word is pretty clear already. I looked it up and there was the meaning “pricked” beside some of the other verses that used that word, but it was blank beside this verse, so maybe there is even more to it than can be expressed in words. I have roses with thorns of all sizes. They usually prick me on top of my hand whenever I reach inside the shrubs to remove those leaves that show signs of black spot…then OUCH! and I’m bleeding. Splinters are like that, too, and until you get them dug out it really smarts every time you touch the affected area. I cannot imagine what it would be like to try to go to bed with a thorn stuck in my side. I would probably get very little rest.
The Bible is just full of great analogies from the natural world to illustrate spiritual truths. There are times that the Lord tells us to do something, and He opens the door of opportunity for us to successfully accomplish the task. Sometimes we obey right away. Other times we procrastinate and the door suddenly closes and we are left with a difficult situation on our hands for a period of time, and in some cases for the rest of our earthly lives. 😦
It’s sad, but true. However, even then the Lord promises to never leave us or withhold His comfort from us. His mercy endures forever.
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