Day 36: God, The Good Gardener (April 5th)
Reading: John 15:1–2
When you think about gardening how often do you think of the Master Gardener? God who is Lord of Heaven is just as much Master of the ground. He is the perfect gardener, supplying the needs of all living things, plants, animals, and humans. The Creator of the rain forests knows exactly how much water every plant needs and puts them in the right climate zone so that they may be fruitful. If he does this so with vegetation, how much more does He know what to plant, pluck, and pull up in our lives?
Think about the law of sowing and reaping. The Bible says, “Whatever a man sows, that is what he will reap.” God who created this law rules by it. He placed his Son in the tomb and he received a family of believers. And now by placing us in the world, we are to produce fruit that will last. And the only fruit that will last will be the fruit he produces through us.
As part of God’s garden we should allow him to have complete authority for what he chooses to do in our lives. He knows the things that choke out proper spiritual growth. We should not be surprised to know that God is always at work in us to purge us to make us more beautiful and useful in His kingdom. He knows that there are weeds, pests, and thorns that threaten to choke out the fruit that He desires to produce.
When we fail to let God cultivate our lives completely it’s very easy to observe what happens. Just like an unkempt garden or yard, things begin to look bad very quickly. The grass gets higher, weeds sprout everywhere, and beautiful plants and foliage begin to perish. In the Christian life, the good things that were once evident begin to vanish because God is not doing the work. And the worst thing about this is that God is not glorified while others cannot partake of the fruit that we once shared. Let God have His way in His garden. There’s always work to be done.
Prayer: Lord, I confess that there are areas in my life that need to be pruned. Please forgive me for the sin in my life that is hindering me from being productive for you. Help me to purge everything in my life that keeps me from growing closer to you. Amen.