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May 28, 2019, 12:11 PM

May 29, 2019


"I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard; My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug it and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit." Isaiah 5: 1-2
     How many of us have planted a garden this year? Even if you do not have a large garden, maybe you still have a few vegetables and flowers around the house in pots or beds. Regardless of the size of the garden, you must make some preparations in order to have flowers or fruit. We must prepare and maintain the garden if we expect to see results. Sometimes, it requires a fence or some other protection to keep other animals from destroying our crops. Have you ever had a time when you did everything you could for certain plants but for whatever reason they just would not produce?
     The Bible frequently describes Israel as a vineyard. The owner of the vineyard (God) did everything to produce a great crop. He prepared the ground, cleared all of the stones, built a watchtower in the midst of it and planted the choicest vines yet, even though He did all of that, the vineyard only produced bad fruit. God chose Israel as the ?apple of His eye?. He loved them graciously, cleared all of their enemies away and carefully watched over them. However, they constantly struggled in their relationship with Him. They desired an earthly king rather than God. They wanted to follow their own ways instead of His and they desired to worship idols while neglecting the One who truly loved them.
     What about us? Have we really been any better? Do we recognize daily the blessings God has bestowed upon us? Do we love Him with all of our heart, serve Him and worship Him above all else. If we are honest, there are probably things in our life that we put ahead of God. Have we become full-time in everything else only to be part-time Christians? As we become involved in our daily routine, let us never forget the ways God provides for us. He has allowed us to be grafted into His vineyard because of His amazing grace and mercy toward us. As with Israel, God desires to take care of us, meet our every need and even clear away our enemies. Do we trust Him to do that or do we, like Israel, look to the world and those around us for comfort and safety? The time is upon us when we must understand that God is really our only refuge. Isn't that what He has always desired? May you have a blessed week as you desire to serve God more efficiently and more effectively this week!

                                                                                                                 We love you,
                                                                                                                 Brad and Virginia


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