Are You Walking a Thorny Pathway? 

FEBRUARY 23

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” Genesis 3:17 

When God created mankind, He put him in a garden. In the Garden of Eden, there were no thorns. A curse came upon Adam and Eve because they disobeyed God. The thorn symbolizes the curse upon humanity (on you, on me, on all of us) because of sin. 

Jesus took upon Himself our curse—the hardship, sorrow, and death that came with sin—and bore it for our sakes.

Do you have heartache? Sorrow? Sickness? Can I tell you the thorny pathway we walk is because of sin? The bed of briars we sleep on is because of sin. 

When in sorrow and trials you praise and glorify the Lord, saying with Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him,” the world will know there’s a quality of life about you that is different. Paul learned that and was able to say, “Your grace is sufficient for me.” 

That great hymn “How Firm a Foundation” quotes both God’s Word to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Isaiah 41:10— 

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand” and “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed…”

Memorize Isaiah 41:10 today: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” 

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