Grace morning on this wonderful winsome Wednesday.
Most people tend to have this rosy-coloured view of what life should be like in which it is always fair weather. People will listen to the gospel, our church lives will be constantly harmonious and the church which we become joined to at the time of our conversion will steadily grow in numbers. We have it all worked out for God don't we? We have it all mapped out for him, but the amazing thing is; He never consults us does He? And let's face it; it sometimes comes as a shock when we look back and see that God did not lead us down the road which we expected at all! There were - and are - tragedies, there were - and are - massive disappointments at times.
You will not very often see a true believer without trials! Jesus will walk with you through your trial, but thats it: through your trial - not usually around it - there is a difference.
We learn from scripture that when we start to bear fruit, God will prune us, cut us back hard!- in order that we should bear still more fruit. When you prune a plant in order for it to be more productive, you are afflicting it! You are causing it (STP) short-term pain! But temporary pain for a greater final outcome!
“There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.”
Philippians 1:29-30 MSG
God is saying, you need the (STP) short term pain package, if I don’t occasionally cut you back hard, you will not bear sufficient fruit.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this winsome and worry-less Wednesday!