TUESDAY, APRIL 27
Every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:2 (ESV)
I AM THE TRUE VINE: KEEP TRUSTING HIS PRUNING
An old mountain man who lived in the hills came to visit a friend who had moved into the city. The mountain man had never laid eyes on a train or even seen a railroad track. He was standing in the middle of the tracks one day when he heard a distant whistle… WOOOO–ooo—OOOOO! He didn’t know what it was or the danger. All of a sudden—wham….he was hit! Luckily, it was just a side swipe, and he was thrown clear, head over heels off the tracks, and escaped with only minor injuries, a few broken bones, and some bruises.
After weeks in the hospital recovering, he went to a friend’s house for dinner. Standing in the kitchen, he heard the rising whistle of the family tea kettle wooOOO…. He quickly jumps into action—grabs a rolling pin and mercilessly bashes, pounds, and smashes the tea kettle into a useless blob of twisted copper. His friend hears the commotion and rushes into the kitchen, sees what’s happened and asks his friend, “Why in tarnation did ya smash mah tea kettle like that?” The mountain man replies, “Believe me from experience—you gotta kill these kritters whils’t thar still small.”
God’s pruning process in our life is designed to eliminate sinful actions and attitudes while they are still small. God’s actions are always intended to nudge us lovingly, persistently, and wisely toward the life and character He desires in us which is Christ-likeness.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers through pleasure, but He shouts to us through pain.” God’s pruning process can be painful but it’s always good. When’s the last time you sensed God’s pruning in your life?
Thank God for loving you enough to prune and discipline you when He knows it’s best. Thank God for growing your fruitfulness.