“What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?” vs. 4
Isaiah believed that the Lord had great love and high expectations for Israel. The love had been vividly demonstrated in the release from the bondage of Egypt and the gift of a productive new land. But Israel had failed to follow through…rather than being a light for the nations the country had become obsessed with other gods and a desire for wealth. The poor were being neglected and worship had become a mockery. The vineyard was yielding wild grapes! There are some who are wondering whether our country is following in Israel’s pattern. The blessings are obvious…our wealth is astounding and our military might unparalleled…but are we being a light for the nations? Are we producing fruit that will be a delight to the world and bring blessings to the downtrodden? Or have we become obsessed with our power and might, using it primarily for our own interest and national gain? Followers of Jesus will have different opinions about our country and its policies…but ultimately we must agree that our calling is intimately connected to service. If we really are a great nation, we will be a blessing not only to ourselves but to those ravaged by famine, war, and disasters of every kind. We will yield good fruit and not wild grapes!
Thought for the Day: What is God’s will for our nation?