Many teach this verse wrong saying the pruning our Heavenly Father does causes us suffering and hardships. This gives a false impression of Who God is. That kind of teaching goes against everything else the Word tells us about God and His nature. For instants, often the Scripture compares our Heavenly Father, with a good earthly father then adds “much more" on His account. Ask yourself,
would your earthly father cause you to suffer hardships just to teach you something? We know that isn’t true, and we also know if it would happen, there are systems in our government that would question our parenting skills.
Instead, the Scriptures teach us that we suffer hardships because we live in a
fallen world and that’s the reason for our hardships. God teaches and corrects
us through His word, II Timothy 3:16 & 17.
So what is pruning? It is not causing bad— It’s the cutting
away of the bad?. It’s getting rid of the Old dead stuff that’s burdensome to
us. When God prunes us, He changes our desires, so that we want to remove that old bad stuff that is weighing us down, and that’s a good feeling. God will cut off the branch that doesn’t bear fruit, but it’s after much patience and
longsuffering on His part. We can read a parable in Luke 13:6-9 of the Barren Fig Tree showing this truth, and the care given to make sure growth is encouraged. God is LOVE and He teaches us love by demonstrating
His own love towards us, not by sending or allowing hardships to come upon us. Instead, to those who put their trust in Him, He causes good to come out of all things. (Romans 8:28) God is only and always good.
Father, open our eyes to see that You are full of goodness, in You there is no bad thing. Reveal to us the tremendous love You have for each of us, and that You want only good for us. Give us discernment to see what is Your truth in all that we hear. Amen.
Devotional by Linda LeMans, Director of Women's Ministries.
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