PRUNING THE BRANCHES

John 15:5-8

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

Have you ever felt like God was removing things from your life? As if the trials and circumstances you were experiencing have made it necessary for you to reduce your priorities to a manageable minimum?

In the classic devotional by L. B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert, there is recorded a simple but poignant poem that asks the question, “Why must this lot of life be mine?” The answer: “Because God knows what plans for me shall blossom in eternity.”

God knows what opportunities await you. And He is preparing you so that His glory can truly shine through you. First, however, He must remove what is unnecessary. In John 15:2, he promised, “Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Understand that trials are never evidence that God has abandoned you. On the contrary, they suggest that God is molding you for great things ahead.

He has a place of service that is suited perfectly for you. However, He must first develop your trust in Him. Then you will see a great harvest and experience the joy of having the Lord work through you.

Thank You, Lord, that You have a place of service suited perfectly for me. Develop my trust in You. Prune the branches of my life, and then work through me.

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