When reading Isaiah 5 recently, verse 4 popped out at me. It says:
In this verse what do you think Isaiah was saying when he said he’d reaped wild grapes instead of sweet grapes?Was he possibly relaying what was happening around him? We all are planting things in our lives; some good and some bad. Are we planting what we actually want to see grow up in our lives? The Bible says that we’re gonna reap what we sow (Gal 6.7). Isaiah said in his vineyard he’d expected clusters of grapes to come forth but instead he’d reaped wild grapes. In the Strong’s Concordance it actually means the vineyard produced poison berries, stinking or worthless things, stinkberries. In a real life sense these wild grapes could be compared to hypocritical performances put on by religious folk. These people look like Christians on the outside, doing Christian-like things such as serving, or they may talk the Christian lingo but on the inside they’re sour or bitter. They’re so far from pleasing God that its provoking to Him. You could say their counterfeit graces are wild grapes.
It should make us consider as we read if we’re reaping good fruits in our lives or not. Do you remember the things that God teaches you? The Bible says that even the little things He reveals to us will be taken from us if we’re not wise with them (Matt 25.29). If we don’t have good soil in our hearts to plant truths into, then we’re not going to produce good fruits in our lives. The Lord expects return on the investments that He makes in us.
What are you doing with what He’s revealed to you in your quiet time? Do you have consistent quiet time with Him? If so, are you being a good steward of the truths He speaks to you? Can you be trusted with more because you’ve been faithful with little? This is something I try to ask myself on a regular basis. I think it’s good to question ourselves because when we’re real we can see where the need for change is and improve in those areas. Since we’re open to receiving a ‘rhema’ word as it’s called in the Greek, which is the Word of God spoken directly to us by the Holy Spirit, it helps the work necessary for change to occur in us and we are fruitful.
We all go through seasons in our walks with the Lord. But with change of seasons should bring real change in our lives. What does your inner life look like? How is it different from let’s say a year ago? And is it better or worse? Let’s do as the Word says:
In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good (Eccl 11.6).
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