When Pruning Is Painful At the Moment

When Pruning Is Painful At the Moment

“Choked.” “Stretched.” “Squeezed.” “Gasping for Air.”

Four words to describe the pain of the process that each one may go through when your pushing or for some, dragging feet to discipline yourself and keep your faith.

I wouldn’t kid around about my life as a Christian, it’s hard. The pressure, the temptation and the uncertainty, the uncertainty…it’s always going to be there.

Pressure of keeping up with your ministry—leadership at work, among friends and in the family,

The temptation of compromise or doing things “my own way” and “the easy way out”

and the uncertainty—how will this decision affect your life 5 or 10 years from now?

No one really has the answers to the struggles we face trying to keep up with our faith, no one except God.

Sometimes He keeps it from us for our own good, yet most of the time, He knows what He’s doing. He’s is in control, He’s not apart from you. He rules over you, He made you, you are secure only in Him.

These things would not be so hard to believe if you only allow Him to prune you, chasten you. 

If only you would endure the pain longer, If only you knew what joy it would bring you if God we’re to stretch you, to change you; He will never hurt you, He never forsakes you, He never gives up on loving you. That’s more than enough to put our trust in Him. 

Psalms 23:1, ESV “The Lord is my sheperd, I shall not want.”

Hebrews 12:11, NKJV “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

Deuteronomy 31:6, NKJV “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5, NKJV “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;

I will not fear.

What can man do to me?”

NLT: “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”