Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fw: thorny purpose

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <>
To: Rob Smith <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:38 AM
Subject: thorny purpose

The plant with thorns caught my eye this morning.  I don't like thorns...they're ugly and painful.  But they do have purpose.  They discourage animals from eating them.  As porcupine quills discourage enemies and a turtle's shell wards off attackers, the thorns of a plant are a defensive design.  It occurred to me that we, also, need to recognize the "thorns" the Lord has provided us for defense.  His Word is a strong defense against many threats...temptations, attacks, discouragements. 
Psalm 119:92 If your law had not been my delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
Thorns may be unattractive to some but, to the plant, they mean protection and preservation.  The Lord has provided defense in His design for us as well.
Rob Smith

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