Devotional: ‘Dealing With the Thorns in Life’

Life is full of thorns and thistles. They are the result of one man’s disobedience and they will continue to come until Christ sets up His earthly kingdom. These thorns and thistles prick every part of our lives. They hamper our effort to make a living and they hinder our ability to raise a family. They prick our health, our wealth and even our relationships. Yet, Christ has made a promise to all those who will follow Him. “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

By His death on the cross, Jesus has overcome this thorn-cursed world. He has overcome the prince of thorns, which is the devil. Though the body of Jesus was pricked by the Roman nails, the head of Satan was crushed when Jesus declared, ‘It is finished!’

Jesus has overcome the penalty of thorns which is eternal torment. Thorns came about because of Adam and Eve’s sin, yet by His sacrificial death, Jesus paid that penalty and we are now free. Paul writes in Romans 8:1 ‘So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.’ In addition, there is a day coming when even this earth will be set free of thorns and thistles. Later in that same chapter we find Romans 8:21, ‘All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.’ One day Jesus will return and establish an earthly kingdom that will be free of thorns and thistles.

Jesus has also overcome the pain of thorns which is death. Sickness, disease and even death are all the result of sin. Yet though while here on earth, we as God’s children may still feel the sting of sin, that sting is only momentary. One day all of Christ’s followers are going to be given new bodies and concerning this we read –  ‘When this happens — when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die — then at last the Scriptures will come true: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54)

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus did not promise us that we will never feel the thorn’s prick; He only promised us that it will not be permanent. Therefore brethren, take heart!