devotional post # 2095
Hos 2:6 for this reason I will constrict her road with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, so that she cannot find her paths.
Hos 2:7 She will run after her lovers but not overtake them, and she will seek them but will not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband, because it was better for me then than now.’
Hos 2:8 And she did not understand that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who increased her silver and gold, which they used to worship Baal.
The LORD told Hosea that he is going to actively prevent Israel from pursuing alliances with the surrounding nations, because those nations had led Israel into idolatry. He said that Israel would experience thorns on the road as long as it continued to seek other nations.
There are no thorns in heaven. But heaven can produce thorns for us here, if we are content to look elsewhere for our security and affection.
LORD, lead us back to you. If you must put thorns in our path, so be it. We do not want to keep straying from you.