This has been an interesting journey for me personally. I did not anticipate that all of this could be gleaned from just two verses but it surely has been a blessing. We are bringing this series to a close by dealing with the final aspect of verse 2 today and will conclude by sharing with you a powerful revelation in Friday’s devotion. Let’s get it!
Isaiah 5:2: (see bold print)
“And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.”
Here we see an unsettling thing. After the vine dresser has made it possible for the vine to thrive and produce grapes, He waited expectantly for them to produce but unfortunately, they brought forth WILD GRAPES. You may ask yourself the question, “How can this be?” You may also say that it is impossible for the best vine after having been placed in the best conditions and being heavily guarded, to produce anything less than the best. It baffles me as well!
It is so unfortunate however, it is so with us sometimes.
Throughout the series one of the things that have been emphasized is that we who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, have been planted in Him in the presence of God. Recall that Scripture says that our lives are hid in Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Jesus Himself also said that those that the Father has given to Him, cannot be plucked out of His hand. Further to this, we have the assurance that our Father watches over us and He is protecting us continually. We have all that we need to be able to produce good fruit, fruit that will remain.
This vine produced wild grapes in spite of having the best of the best. A sad thing! It brings me to ask, are you producing wild things in your life or are you producing good fruit? This is a good place to examine ourselves with the help of Holy Spirit using God’s word as the measuring rod for fruit that is good versus wild fruit.
Father, knowing that You have given me all things that pertain to life and godliness I am fully equipped to produce good fruit. I pray that I will not be as this vine, which produced wild grapes but that I will tap into what You have provided so that I will always bear good fruit. I submit to You, the great vine dresser, to protect me and to prune me so that my fruit may please You. I pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
By Joanna Lloyd