Hosea 2:6 (ESV): "6 Therefore I will hedge up her way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, so that she cannot find her paths."
Christians talk about a hedge of protection often. No one ever mentions that it could be made out of thorns. The reason God protects us in this way is so we don't sabotage ourselves. Sometimes protection comes through pain.
God considers the children of Israel an adulterous bride for they have gone after other gods. He will not overlook their sin but will chastise them to bring them back. His way of protecting them from themselves is to hedge their path with thorns so if they veer from the path they will feel it. He is faithful to do whatever is necessary to keep us safe!
God protects all His kids the same. He uses consequences to keep us on track. He will line our path with thorns as well to teach us obedience and faithfulness. Understand that this is God's love being poured out upon us. He will not allow His bride to be wayward. Take note Christian and be thankful for His hedge of protection.
Father, how amazing You are to us. We are so grateful that You keep us on the straight and narrow. We would all be wayward without You. May we never stray into the thorns and if we do may we learn very quickly not to do it again in Jesus' name we pray, amen.