Vineyards

5 05 2009

 

In this time of great frustration, discouragement and even despair because of the seeming lack of fruit in my spheres of influence this school year, I sought the Lord and He answered me through Isaiah 5:1-5. These verses speak of God’s vineyard (Israel) that He carefully cultivated, but which only bore bad fruit.

“…He looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit…What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?”

I was deeply struck by this passage because that is how I have felt throughout most of this school year; I’ve felt I had no good return on my labor.

However, if God—who is infinitely greater than I—suffers such disappointment and “lack of success” in one of His carefully-tended vineyards, who am I to be discouraged or upset because of the hardness of the soil in my harvest field?

I truly believe God, as the master of the harvest [Matt. 9:38], will bring forth good fruit from my labors in this field. Why? He led me to Hosea 2:15, which says:

“Then I will give her back her vineyards and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth…”

 

Author’s note:  He did. Last night two Chinese girls on my floor decided to accept Jesus!

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