“…every branch that does bear fruit he prunes
so that it will be even more fruitful.”
John 15:2 (NIV)
There is a word of difference between brambles and vines. No one sows the seeds of brambles nor are brambles pruned in order to have a harvest of them. Frankly, brambles are allowed to grow randomly because they are destined for the flames.
Only the branches receive the pruning shears. By them alone are the ruthless pruning shears felt. Every snip of the shears cuts back growth in one area in order for the branch to grow in a better direction. Not all healthy growth is deemed good growth. Only the growth determined by the husbandman is allowed to happen.
This little allegory given by Jesus in John 15 of the vine and the branches is a wonderful analogy of our relationship to our Father in heaven. He is the vinedresser and we are the branches. He has grafted us into the true vine which is Jesus Christ.
The brambles designed for the flames are allowed to grow wildly but the branches designed for eternal glory are pruned back so that growth only can happen in the areas that bring most glory to God.
Left to itself the branch would undoubtedly grow wildly and in useless ways. The careful and wise hand of the master husbandman always sees that the maximum growth is concentrated in the best possible manner.
How good it is that we are not left to our own to choose our way in life. Rather a loving and sovereign Father in heaven is daily overseeing our progress as we grow to His praise and the good of those around us.
Take comfort and courage from your suffering as it is never wasted in the hand of your beloved Saviour and Father in heaven. His wisdom will be unfolded some day so that you will see just how necessary the trials were as well as the joys of your journey from here to heaven.