Setbacks and Cutbacks

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

When Jesus told us that He is the Vine and we are branches, He also told us that when a branch is fruitful His Father cuts it back that it might be more fruitful.

I do not consider my limitations as a bed-fast quadriplegic a setback, but a cutback, because some of the most fruitful and lasting things I’ve ever done never would have been done if I did not have my limitations.

This concept taught by Jesus was not new to those who heard it. When God’s people were not fruitful God often sent them a famine, which cut them back severely, got their attention, and ultimately made them more fruitful.

All indications are that we are entering into a time of cutback as the people of God. Some of my godly friends have already been cut back severely having lost millions in 2008. When you listen to the news these days it always seems to be bad news, and our leaders are preparing us for the reality that it’s going to get worse.

When we put a spiritual perspective on this recession is it possible that what’s happening is not a setback but a cutback?

2 Responses to Setbacks and Cutbacks

  1. Rob Smith says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading Job’s story recently and seeing how he kept turning over what God’s purpose could have been in allowing all the suffering. He seemed to believe in a God who has purpose in everything that affected and afflicted him.

  2. Leigh Leffler says:

    I think anyone who has spent very much time walking with the Lord knows that the times that He cuts us back are often the hardest but also the most fulfulling and growing times. I know for myself, I can look back with gratitude on the times of past cutbacks because they prepared me for something in my future that was go great that never would have happened without the previous cutback! God always knows best! – Leigh Leffler

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