Pruned to be More Fruitful (Noon)
1 Peter 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
We all know Job in the Bible. He was a blameless and upright man, feared God, and shunned evil. Job was also a very wealthy man. Then, God allowed Job to be tested. He lost all of his children and his wealth, in addition to being afflicted with painful skin disease. We may be wondering, why someone like Job, who had had a fruitful life, had to go through this. However, in the end, we all know that it’s not that God disregarded Job’s blameless life, but God had a better intention for Job.
There are some things God wanted to prune in Job’s life. Job’s habit, which was regularly sanctifying his children and giving burnt offerings on their behalf after days of feasting, was not right. Sanctification cannot be done on behalf of someone. Another thing is Job’s anger after he heard his friends’ accusations. Job felt that he didn’t deserve to be cruelly punished because he was a good and upright person. He didn’t understand God’s intention for him, and he boldly defied God. Although Job didn’t lose his faith in God, his desire to be justified by God and to earn his dignity as a righteous person was an offense against God’s absolute sovereignty.
The story of Job shows us that if we want to be fruitful, we must be pruned. We may think that we have done our best, we have obeyed the Lord, and we may have served Him ingenuously. Then why does God allow us to go through this unpleasant process? Just trust Him, God truly knows what He’s doing. He wants to prune our bad habits we may not be aware of in our lives so that we bear much fruit. Allow God to prune our lives by taking out things that don’t please Him. Just go through that journey with a joyful heart because we know, His purpose and plan are for us to have a better and fruitful future. Amen.
Every plant which WANTS TO BEAR MUCH FRUIT MUST be PRUNED.
1. In your opinion, are there things that need to be pruned in your life?
2. Have you surrendered yourself to be pruned by God? If not, why?
3. How should you respond during God’s pruning process?
“Lord Jesus, please forgive us for not being able to understand and comprehend Your plan in our lives. Lord, we invite you to come into our lives and prune all things that aren’t pleasing to You, so that our lives can be more fruitful for the glory of Your name. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”