S (Scripture): Isaiah 5:
Let me sing for my loved one
a love song for his vineyard.
My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
He dug it,
cleared away its stones,
planted it with excellent vines,
built a tower inside it,
and dug out a wine vat in it.
He expected it to grow good grapes—
but it grew rotten grapes.
So now, you who live in Jerusalem, you people of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard:
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I haven’t done for it?
When I expected it to grow good grapes,
why did it grow rotten grapes?
Now let me tell you what I’m doing to my vineyard.
I’m removing its hedge,
so it will be destroyed.
I’m breaking down its walls,
so it will be trampled.
I’ll turn it into a ruin;
it won’t be pruned or hoed,
and thorns and thistles will grow up.
I will command the clouds not to rain on it.
The vineyard of the Lord of heavenly forces is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah are the plantings in which God delighted.
God expected justice, but there was bloodshed;
righteousness, but there was a cry of distress!
O (Observation): God has got issues with the way things have gone with the people of Judah and Israel. They have responded to God’s good graces with a lack of faith and bloodshed.
God looks to restore Israel and Judah only after it has been brought low. Righteousness is lacking amongst God’s people. The people that God rescued from 430 years of slavery in Egypt.
A (Application): I can be quite spoiled at times. I am challenged to show others the same spirit of kindness i have received from God and others. I mean, I can be a decent guy, but am Inas graceful go others as God has been to me? Not likely.
So I look for God to bring me to a point – daily – where I can truly repent and be forgiven.
This text from Isaiah doesn’t seem very promising, but it does knowing that God cares enough about Judah and Israel (and me and you) gives me hope.
God loves us where we are, and yet God is still working on us. Even unto death.
For what do you repent this day? What joy comes to you knowing that you are forgiven?
P (Prayer): Gracious God, don’t give up on me. Don’t ever give up. Amen.