Why Does God Prune Us?

I came across this post shortly after reading another by Addie Zierman that challenged me to ask the question, “Where do you see God at work in your life?” I am sensing that this might be a season of pruning. As I see God at work because of Church, but not in it. Church has been a sore trial for me. I see God, but only as an observer. For the past year or so church has been about the absence of God. Yet I keep attending, while asking why I am still there. For the moment, it seems He wants me there, for reasons I do not now understand. I want to say that this reflection explains it all, but I have only entered upon praying through this. Pray with me……

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1 I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 

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