Have you had your Joy Juice today? The sweetest flavors of joy juice have been made from fruit which has been pruned by God.
Priscilla Shirer writes that “the painful process of allowing God to pull away those things that are keeping you from His best is called ‘pruning’. Jesus describes this process in John 15:1-2:
‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.’
His goal for your life is not that you have the most incredible clothes (or expensive possessions) or live in a fabulous house. Those things may be your desires, but His desire is for you to be fruitful.”
Pruning often includes change. And change can sound scary. It could be changing jobs, moving to a new town, or launching out on a new project that you don’t feel equipped or prepared to pursue. But having faith is all about trusting in God, the Master Gardner; and we know that He prunes areas of our lives so that we can grow and become what He created us to be. Pruning hurts! But it promotes new life….one filled with a special kind of joy.
Be willing to go through the pruning process… knowing that God’s will is good and will lead to joy in your relationship with Him.