“When I expected good grapes, why did I get bitter grapes?” Isaiah 5:4
In chapter five of Isaiah, he begins by singing a ballad to the “one I love” who has a vineyard. The vineyard had been well-placed in good soil, hoed, and kept free of weeds–everything needed to produce the best vines. But at the harvest, the grapes were nasty smelling and tasted bitter. Isaiah explained that the vineyard is Israel, the owner is God, and the nasty grapes were the Israelites who didn’t appreciate what God had done for them by opting for a life of corruption and crime.
I’ve heard stories about big Lottery winners who immediately plunge into a lifestyle in which they had not been properly groomed. Crazy spending, gifting of funds, and poor investments produced nothing but bitter grapes. Some winners even said, “I wish I had never purchased that ticket.” It’s true, we reap what we sow.
Isaiah’s song ended with God having no choice but to let weeds, thistles, and thorns take over the vineyard. And, to be sure there would be no more bitter grapes, God commanded a drought on the land. God always wins.
Lord, show me how to tend my vineyard to reap a harvest pleasing to you. Amen.