Thorns do not hurt us unless we seek to damage the Rose, God in His wisdom created thorns for protection and He also created us to reap what we sow for our own protection, so that when we do evil we would come to our senses and when we do good we will experience His deep inner Joy but He does not hurt us deliberately or willingly afflict us. Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
When we pray for ourselves or others, He hears and answers when they are in His good will for us, He does not give us what’s not good as some claim so we have to be careful what we pray, His compassion and mercy are beyond earthly reckoning but He does gives us our hearts desires because when we are in Christ Jesus they are according to His will.Psalm 97:9-11 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that Love the Lord, hate evil: He preserveth the souls of His Saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.Psalms 100:5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His Truth endureth to all generations.Psalms 117:2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the Truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
We do damage to ourselves when we do what is wrong in God’s eyes and because we live in a fallen world others can hurt us too, even those claiming to have faith. Satan also puts us to the test but he will fail, our souls are protected by God when we are His.Yes God has great righteous anger towards sin because it causes heartache and suffering and those who continue to do it without repentance will suffer Eternal separation from God and will only know evil for Eternity with out hope of it changing and sadly this is their choice.1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.Psalm 97:9-11 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that Love the Lord, hate evil: He preserveth the souls of His Saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.We can also cause our own problems in other ways, I did this with harmful dieting as a Teenager, it caused health issues throughout my life and I still have problems today because of it. So do I blame God for this affliction and claim it is was for my good and that He wanted me to suffer to teach me. I do not give thanks for the affliction but I do give thanks always that God gives me His strength and empowers me to endure any affliction or hardship that life brings to me even as I go through it, we don’t walk alone when our heart focus is on God… How good is that! Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
As an example; what Job said to his wife when he was suffering, yes we know now the evil that he was afflicted with came from Satan who had the right to put him to the test the same as he does with us but what we need to remember is that later God reassured Job, who didn’t have the indwelling of The Holy Spirit that He was the Creator of all that was good not evil.
God’s Love does not have thorns to hurt us, it has a Beautiful glowing Reflection.
Thank you for listening, I realize this has been a long message but I felt led to share it fully and as always, please feel free to respond even if you don’t agree and we will reason together with Scripture as we are empowered to understand it by The Spirit in all of God’s Truth.Christian Love Always from both of us – Anne.