Sweet Grapes, Bitter Grapes

Every morning at 8:30 a.m. in our office—just like our office in Orlando—we gather for devotions and prayer. We’re currently reading through the book of Isaiah, and this past week we read the following:

“Now I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a rich and fertile hill. He plowed the land, cleared its stones, and planted it with the best vines. In the middle he built a watchtower and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks. Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes, but the grapes that grew were bitter.

“Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah, you judge between me and my vineyard. What more could I have done for my vineyard that I have not already done? When I expected sweet grapes, why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?”

Isaiah 5:1-4, New Living Translation

As we reflected on this passage, I couldn’t help but look at my own life. The Lord has given me so much—a beautiful family, financial provision, meaningful labor, tremendous colleagues and partners all over the world. If I apply this passage directly to my life, I would say that He has given me everything that I need to produce sweet grapes. In theory, good fruit should be emanating from all aspects of my life, both personally and professionally.

…But what I kept wondering is whether or not I am letting God work through me to make this sweet-grape-thing happen. What more could He do to make that happen? Or, as He alluded to with the Israelites, am I the hindrance that is producing bitter grapes in some areas? (The answer to that rhetorical question is a resounding, “Yes!”) Thank God for His grace and mercy!



3 thoughts on “Sweet Grapes, Bitter Grapes

  1. Thanks so much for sharing. That was an insightful and timely message that has blessed me this morning. Praying that you delight in God’s fathfulness this Thanksgiving. By God’s grace may the fruit of your lives be sweeter and sweeter. Love love love and many blessings 🙂

  2. Yeah, I think it’s a combination of sweet and bitter right now. Thanks, Mary and Jen, for your notes and encouragement. Miss you!

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