The Briar Patch

In a famous Uncle Remus story, Br’er Rabbit is captured by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. As the fox and bear get ready to eat Br’er Rabbit, he convinces them that being thrown into the Briar Patch is a fate far worse than becoming the main course of Br’er Fox’s dinner. The two villains, convinced they are subjecting Br’er Rabbit to his worst fear, go ahead and toss him into the thorns.

It is Br’er Rabbit, however, who is really calling the shots. After his protests and yelps of fear, the clever rabbit finds himself exactly where he wanted to be: right in the middle of the dreaded briars!

Laughing and bouncing effortlessly through the thicket, Br’er Rabbit calls out to his adversaries, “Thank you, boys, I was BORN in the Briar Patch!!

In Psalm two, the LORD describes how the wicked plot to break His bands and get out from under His control. Laughing in derision, He lets them have their way.

All of the efforts of man can do nothing more, in the end, than further the plans of God. While the murderous will of the Pharisees, Gentiles, Jews and Pilate came together to crucify Jesus and eliminate his influence,  “It pleased Yahweh to bruise Messiah” (Isaiah 53:10). “Through his death many were justified, because Messiah bore their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11). “If they had known what they were doing, the princes of this world would never have crucified The Lord” (1 Cor. 2:8).  The wicked did exactly what God determined they would do, even before He created the earth.

We are not greater than our Savior. As He was sent into the World, so are we.

The wicked will always gather together to cast off the bands of God but, in the end, they do what God has fore-ordained. The political and religious rulers, the heathen and apostate church all must operate under the sovereign hand of God, and He laughs at their foolish efforts to resist His Will.

When the wicked congregate in secret and plan the destruction of the children of the Living God of Israel, they do not realize that “darkness is light before Yahweh” (Psalm 139:11).  He has made the darkness (Isaiah 45:7), and, if we live by faith, He is always in control.

So, when the world gathers together and threatens your destruction, remember  to look them straight in the eye, and say, “Please, please don’t throw me in that Briar Patch!”

You will find that “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” And, if you listen carefully, you may hear God laughing.