A Song of Love
Lord Jesus, You are the Author and Perfecter of my faith. Today, I want to keep my eyes on You.
Read Isaiah 5:8-30
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“The Holy Spirit convicts you that you might be cleansed. Accusation leads to despair. Conviction leads to confession, cleansing, and victory” (Adrian Rogers).
We live in an exceedingly noisy world. We hear the roar of traffic rushing by us or the distant hum of superhighways. We enter a shop, and the music or announcements hit us. Or we blot this out with our earphones! There’s so much noise that it isn’t always easy to get the message! Isaiah’s world was very different, but it would still be noisy. Animals were bellowing; water-sellers were shouting, children were screaming, women on their way to the well were talking, while the men argued loudly over this or that! How could Isaiah get their attention? How can God get ours?
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes so is a song! Isaiah decided to sing the equivalent of a love song. Yes, it was about a vineyard, but everyone knew that was a way of referring to the beautiful woman you loved (see Song of Songs 1:6). So it did, but it also referred to Israel, for it was Israel that God loved. Because he loved her he had to warn her that her callous and selfish behavior warranted serious punishment. Having gained his hearers’ attention, Isaiah spoke a series of woes (8-23). Jesus did the same.
Find time today for God to break through and speak his truth to you: perhaps through an unexpected medium such as a contemporary song, an article in the newspaper, a film or a news item. What words of judgment is God speaking to you, to your church and your society? Is it simply your busyness that stops you hearing, or is it that you are so bound to and blinded by your lifestyle (20; Luke 11:34)? Does God have challenging things to say? Listen carefully.
Having listened to Jesus and Isaiah, spend time writing down the woes God might address to you. But always remember it is because he loves you: you are his vineyard!
Loving Lord, often I look for words of comfort and assurance rather than words of rebuke. I confess any “woe” You’ve spoken to me and thank You for Your forgiveness.
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