Some friends and I meet every other Monday night for Bible study. Currently, we are also using Nancy Leigh Demoss's Becoming God's True Woman as a guide. This has been a great book, and I have learned a lot and been very encouraged!
This week we discussed the chapter entitled, "Pruned to Bloom." Wow! What a great exposition on John 15:1-8! It is a great reminder of who the Lord prunes and why the Lord prunes.
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit" (John 15:1-2).
As Believers, none of us have arrived. We are simply saved by His grace and growing in our walk with Him, by His grace.
And since we have not reached perfection, we will be pruned regularly!
In the vineyard, when the gardener comes out to prune, it is the wise grape branch that realizes the pruning may be painful but that it is helpful and, really, essential. The pruning cuts off branches that likely have been infested with fungus, and it allows the grape branch to grow back again. . . .and this time healthier and able to bear "more fruit."
Are you in a season of pruning now? Is the Lord using a situation, an event, or maybe even a relationship to cut away the "fungus" in your life?
If so, be like the wise grape branch. Stop wasting your time with the "what if's" and even the "why's." If we truly trust Him like we like to say we do, we will thank Him and look forward to the blooming that is sure to come.