Now I am not an expert in gardening to say the least. But my understanding about pruning is that anything and everything that needs to be pruned from bushes and plants and flowers and such IS NOT NEEDED. It IS NOT NECESSARY, IS NOT A BENEFIT, WILL CAUSE HARM NOT GOOD, and WILL GET IN THE WAY OF THE PURPOSE AND BEAUTY of the bush, plant, flower, etc. It is NOT PRETTY, is EVEN UGLY, is a PROBLEM NOT A HELP, and MUST BE GOTTEN RID OF.
In my understanding the bush, plant, flower, etc. HAS NO DESIRE TO STOP and CANNOT STOP the PERSON WHO PRUNES from DOING THE PRUNING!
Well now, did you know God prunes His people? He takes off of us and out of us and cuts and trims and pulls off and pulls out and gets rid of and shears away ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING He knows NEEDS TO BE GONE and WANTS TO BE GONE from our hearts and lives. So we can best love, worship, glorify, honor, praise, obey, serve, glorify, experience, and enjoy Him, so we can best love others as ourselves, and so we can best fulfill His individual will for our lives!
But there is an enormous difference between us and the bushes, plants, flowers, etc. SOMETIMES WE TRY TO STOP GOD FROM PRUNING AWAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE GONE. Unlike the bushes, plants, flowers, etc. that have no ability to fight against the pruning shears, WE IN OUR PRIDE, FEAR, WORRY, DOUBT, UNBELIEF, SELFISHNESS, SELF-CENTEREDNESS, ANGER, HURT, BITTERNESS, SELFISH AMBITIONS, CLINGING TO THE FAMILIAR AND WHAT MAKES US FEEL SECURE, ETC. sometimes FIGHT AGAINST GOD AND HIS PRUNING SHEARS.
Yes, sometimes we try to hold on for dear life to what God is trying to prune away. Yes, sometimes we fight against God’s pruning shears. And instead of holding on for dear life to God and the Bible as we should, we cleave and cling mercilessly to the people, places, things, ideas, beliefs, dreams, agendas, possessions, plans, absolutely anything in our hearts and lives God intends to prune from us as He perfects His ways and will in us. And as He transforms us into the men and women of God He created us to be.
Friend, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must understand we do not belong to ourselves. We belong to God. And just as the bushes, plants, flowers, etc. are perfectly yielded to the pruning shears of the human hand, we need to humbly and lovingly and reverently and wholly yield ourselves to the pruning shears of the Holy Spirit of God as He prunes us and perfects His will and His ways in us.
Please do not hold onto anything or anyone God desires to prune from your life. Trust in the Lord and give free reign to His loving hand and His holy shears. Amen!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 NKJV
“”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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:1-2 NKJV
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:8 NKJV