My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9
God made man perfectly holy and happy; and the fair earth, as it came from the Creator’s hand, bore no blight of decay or shadow of the curse. It is transgression of God’s law – the law of love – that has brought woe and death. Yet even amid the suffering that results from sin, God’s love is revealed. It is written the ground was cursed for man’s sake. Genesis 3:17. The thorn and the thistle – the difficulties and trials that make life one of toil and care – were appointed for our good as part of the training needful in God’s plan for his uplifting from the ruin and degradation that sin has caused. The world though fallen, is not all sorrow and misery. In nature itself are messages of hope and comfort. There are flowers on the thistle and thorny branches have roses.