Good Fruit or Sour Grapes?

 I will sing about the one I love, a song about my loved one’s vineyard: The one I love had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted it with the finest vines. He built a tower in the middle of it and even dug out a winepress there. He expected it to yield good grapes, but it yielded sour grapes. So now, residents of Jerusalem and men of Judah, please judge between Me and My vineyard. What more could I have done for My vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes, did it yield worthless grapes? Now I will tell you what I am about to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge, and it will be consumed; I will tear down its wall, and it will be trampled. I will make it a wasteland. It will not be pruned or weeded; thorns and briers will grow up. I will also give orders to the clouds that rain should not fall on it.   Isaiah 5:1-6

Greetings fellow sojourners.  God loves you!

We see how God cares for his people in this instance of him tending his vineyard.  He prepares numerous benefits to provide for her prosperity, hoping to be rewarded with good fruit.  To his dismay, He discovered his vineyard yielded only sour grapes.  Can you see applications of this verse in your own life?

The hill upon which His vineyard was planted was fertile and was bestowed it with the finest vines.  He broke up the soil and cleared it of stones.  He even built a watchtower for protection and dug a winepress.  The Hebrew word translated ‘watchtower’ is the same word translated ‘tower’ in Proverbs 18:10 to indicate the strength and protection of Yahweh’s name, “The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.”

The Lord asked, “What more could I have done for My vineyard than I did?”  In His judgment, among other things, He determined it would no longer be pruned.  Do you recall from John 15:2 that branches remaining in Him He ‘prunes’ so that they will produce more fruit?  Submitting our ‘branches’ to the Lord for pruning is a blessing according to the Isaiah verse and we see that as a result of His judgment He removed His pruning from the vineyard.

The Lord has provided excellent conditions for us and expects us to yield good fruit.  We must ask ourselves why it is then that we produce sour grapes at times?  Different versions use interesting words to describe the grapes which I think is intriguing to consider.  Words such as bitter, bad, wild, and worthless.  Have you examined the fruit your vineyard has produced lately for the Lord? Consider your vineyard being all the areas of your life.  Do you produce sour grapes in any of your areas of influence when you know the Lord has given you ample opportunity to produce good fruit for His glory?

The Vineyard Keeper is looking for good fruit that glorifies Him. Let’s rid ourselves of sour grapes. As much as we have allowed ourselves to believe it sour grapes are not in vogue, it is downright disobedience.

In His grace,

Amanda

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