1 I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard:My loved one
had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.2 He dug it up 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.3 “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of
Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.4 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?5 Now I will tell you what I am going
to do to my vineyard:I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I
will break down its wall, and it will be trampled.6 I will make it a wasteland,
neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds not to rain on it.”7 The vineyard of the LORD
Almighty is the nation of Israel,and the people of Judah are the vines he
delighted in.And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness,
but heard cries of distress.
1.Read this passage slowly as if you were with the owner in the vineyard.
Notice the care that was lavished on the vineyard, the sweat,
the hard labour, and the anticipation. Then go with the owner at
harvest time, and observe the owner’s dismay when the product
was only evil-smelling, bitter, wild grapes.
2.In which ways has God lavished his care on you? Was it a bumper
crop? Or a bitter harvest? How is God’s work in you similar to that
of the vineyard owner?
3.God calls you to respond to him. Pray for one specific sweet fruit
to grow in your life.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.