If I were a young apple tree, I probably wouldn’t like being pruned very much.
If I saw the gardener heading my way with secateurs or pruning shears, I’d probably flinch. I would hope that he would just give me a little trim, and leave most of my luxuriant growth intact.
But the gardener invariably has other ideas.
I’d watch in horror as one branch after another was lopped off. They seemed perfectly good to me, but the gardener thought otherwise.
Why has the gardener cut me back so severely?
To make me more fruitful.
God does the same with us, and we find it just as uncomfortable.
The truth is, pruning hurts, and it seems to involve so much wastage.
But our loving Heavenly Father knows that it’s for our own good. Scripture says that it’s for His glory that we bear much fruit.Read more