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!