15 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.3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine;no more can ye, except ye abide in me.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringethforth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them,and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be doneunto you.
I want to look at this word”abiding”. What exactly does it mean to abide? I believe it means to”rest secure”. It brings peace and comfort when I abide in Christ. When I hide his word in my heart, and those times of pruning come, I can rest in the promises I know from his word, I rest in the faithfulness that I know he is. It seems too many people nowadays don’t want to take the time to know God’s word, to hide it in their hearts. They are satisfied with”skim milk”, they never want to get into the” heavy cream”.
We always think of pruning as being a bad thing, and sometimes it is & sometimes it hurts us. But his word tells us that everything he does is for our good and his glory. If we are resting in Jesus, which requires a submission of our will, then the time of pruning although painful, can also be a time of expectation of the good that will come out of it. When we abide or rest in something, it gives an assurance of peace and safety. A realization that no matter what happens we are in God’s hands and God’s will. It is also in this place of abiding that he tells us that we can ask whatever we wish, and it will be given; and the reason he says that is because if we are abiding in him, submissive to his will, then the things we ask for our already in his will. It’s in the abiding that we learn his will, it’s in the abiding that we learn trust, it’s in the abiding that we grow.
We do not have to fear pruning, the Lord will never cut so deep that we are removed from the vine. When we are truly his we cannot be cut off, this should bring us a great peace in our abiding.