God’s Pruning Is So Ruining

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Character of God

God’s character is so…out of character. At least from our point of view. Take pruning, for example.

One of the most unpleasant tasks of gardening is pruning. Watching branches fall from your beloved tree or rose-laden stems sends a brutal message to that plant: “You are not important; you have no value.”

Is God Callous?

But strangely enough, the God who prunes us takes shears in hand, smiling all the time while cutting away the dead weight from our lives. How callous? No, how caring. Because God sees the final picture. The gleam in His eye alerts us to the beautiful vision He sees of a fruit-bearing plant. Bigger blooms, fragrant flowers, larger and sweeter fruit. He knows what it takes for that to happen, and He wants us to understand the consequences of being left alone.

Joy of Blooming

Who wants to live small, withered, and unproductive?  The pain of pruning always results in the joy of blooming more for Him.

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit (John 15:2, NASB)

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What About You?

How do you feel about pruning? (your real roses, and your own life?) How has God’s pruning helped you bloom?

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    6 Responses to “God’s Pruning Is So Ruining”

    1. Emily H. Lucas on March 24th, 2014 8:59 pm

      This is a great devotion! Thank You!
      Bessings to You.
      Emily H. Lucas

    2. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 24th, 2014 10:44 pm

      Thank you, Emily! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    3. Miriam on March 24th, 2014 11:54 pm

      Thank you, Rebecca so true. Just yesterday I was awaken in the middle of the night & the thought Lord are you wanting to tell me something? Let me to read Proverb3:7 and I was perplexed! “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear The Lord and shun evil.
      Ok Lord I need to understand what I am doing unaware. As I prayed not realizing my hubby had been praying that God would bring understanding my way . I have been pretty self centered in my behavior. Since becoming an empty nester, menopause, loss of loved ones, retirement…so many situations and I need to continue to keep giving of myself and let The Lord continue to prune me in those branches that do not bring Him Glory!

    4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 27th, 2014 12:24 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Miriam.

    5. Rhonda on March 31st, 2014 7:10 pm

      God’s been pruning me for so long. I accepted Christ as my Savior 24 years ago. It wasn’t however until about 4 years ago that I really knew what that meant. I knew that GOD gave HIS only begotten Son to die for my sins. I did not until the last few years understood the Resurection. And I never understood the significance of the Precious Blood. Now that I do my life has changed so much. GOD could not do much pruning because I did not understand the Blood and how important it is. Thanks for allowing me to join your blog. I read your posts alot. I decidd to join because I am a writer and it was suggested to join a blog. Have a Blessed day.

    6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on April 1st, 2014 11:03 pm

      Thanks for sharing your testimony about God’s pruning in your life, Rhonda.

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