Feb. 20, 2021

Tension

John 15:1,2
I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

I read this morning regarding tension in vines causing incredible flavor in the wine. I copied the paragraph below.

If you've visited the Okanagan Valley in both summer and winter, then you understand first-hand the extreme weather the region endures. The highs and lows in temperature, coupled with its situation on the 49th parallel, push viticultural limits and cause tension. When vines experience tension, it adds to the wine's terroir in a positive way. Although the limits of Okanagan vines are tested, stressful conditions bring out their best.

The above paragraph reminded me of John 15. The whole chapter illustrates that we are the branches and the Father is the husbandman. The Father prunes the branches in order for them to bear more fruit. Although the limits of Okanagan vines are tested, stressful conditions bring out their best. The same can be said about our Christian life. Although we are tested, the stressful conditions and tension bring out the best in us. The Bible says God does not tempt us. We are tempted when we are led astray by our own lusts. However God uses this testing to strengthen us and develop our character. God wants the best for us and He is more interested in us developing our character rather than being a divine santa claus delivering what we ask for.  Although God has promised to supply our every need and does want us to approach Him with our desires, He is more interested in our growth and Christ likeness. There are several verses in the Bible where God fashions our character. Jeremiah says God is the potter and we are the clay. The potter fashions and molds the clay to make it a vessel of honor to carry His anointing. Check out the excerpt on Clay pots and torches from the buried treasure section of the blog. Also Job refers to God being a refiner fire where the impurities are removed from precious metals. "A diamond is just a piece of coal that handles stress extremely well " anonymous. The Lord wants to bring out the diamond within us. He allows us to experience stressful situations in order to refine our character and to increase our flavor. In closing, in the words of Job, we can say when He has tried me I will come forth as gold. Finally, do not be under the circumstances, however like an eagle during a storm, fly above the turbulence. May your life shine as a jewel in the crown of the Master. Amen.