Subtracting to Add

If you’re trying to increase something, you normally add to it.  For example, if you want to increase the money in your savings account, you have to add money to it.  If you want to gain weight, you have to eat more food.

In the verses included with today’s email, however, Jesus presents somewhat of an oxymoron.  While our natural tendency is to add when we want to increase things, Jesus says that God subtracts: “… and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit, so they will produce even more” (John 15:2, NLT).  What an interesting concept.  God adds by subtracting.  He takes away our comforts, ungodly desires, relationships, resources, and other things we think we need to increase our trust in Him.

Maybe you’re in a season where it seems like you have less than you normally would.  Don’t get discouraged.  If God is behind the subtractions you’re experiencing, He may be setting you up for some additions.  Just stay connected to the vine, and wait to bear fruit in due season.

Thought to Consider:
What has God removed from your life to increase your trust in Him?