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John 15:1-2 GW Then Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father takes care of the vineyard. He removes every one of my branches that doesn't produce fruit. He also prunes every branch that does produce fruit to make it produce more fruit.
Too often as Christians we get mad when our lives don't run smoothly and even suffer heartache and tragedy. Some even turn away from their faith--mad at God for allowing such circumstances into their lives.
But God never promised a get- out-of-real-life card. What He does offer is His presence, His guidance and His peace.
Bad things happen for many reasons. Our choices. The choices of others--as individuals, businesses, governments or other entities.
Evil starts at the door of Satan and sin. Blaming God for allowing us the freedom to make bad as well as good choices is foolish as is blaming Him when we reap the consequences of such decisions. God also allows us to experience life--good and bad, to help us grow, become strong and learn to trust Him.
When bad things happen will I blame Him or claim His promise of protection, provision and peace for those who abide in Him?
V.5 "I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can't produce anything without me.
Help me, Lord, allow You to produce good fruit in me. Amen.