What a Good, Good Father We Have
Melanie Davis Porter
Day: 4 | Plan: Isaiah
Today's Reading: Isaiah 5
Isaiah 5:20 (ESV) "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
We live in a permissive society that seems to continually change its morals to fit its behaviors. Many look for happiness in quick paths and desires that lead to immediate pleasure. According to God's Word, there is great danger in living this way.
In the poetic imagery of today's Scripture, Isaiah is singing a song for his beloved Jehovah. The prophet's profound expression in highlighting God's tender care for His vineyard is a metaphor for His chosen people. Like a good Father, He's made every effort possible to ensure His children have prospered in serving Him. (Isaiah 5:1-2)
God required their best; instead, He got their worst. The children of Israel's inexcusable behavior left God asking, "What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done for it?" (Isaiah 5:4)
The truth is, our Holy God leaves nothing undone. From Adam and Eve's paradise (Genesis 2) to the Israelites' vineyard, no detail was left unattended. All that could be done to produce willing and faithful hearts, God did it. And He's done the same for you and me.
Isaiah's creative use of simile portrays a crop that yields a very unpleasant return. Instead of sweet and tender grapes, the prophet says that wild grapes sprang forth on the vine. (Isaiah 5:4) Many viticulturists believe that wild grapes are worse than unfruitfulness because of the offensive smell and sour taste.
In Galatians 5:19-21, Paul warns us about the rotten fruit that we can bear. Isaiah highlights many of these fleshly sins in the six woes cited. (Isaiah 5:8-23) The prophet warns us that our sin becomes a heavy load to bear and that living beyond God's boundaries will bring God's judgment down upon our lives. (Isaiah 5:5-7)
In today's world, it's so easy to slide down a slippery slope of compromise. Unfortunately, small compromises can lead to big sins. Left to habitual disobedience and unrepentance, the fruit we bear produces rotten behavior.
God's commandments don't shift or change to suit our behavior. We will be held accountable for our sin. But just as the Apostle Paul found redemption from his murderous ways, (Acts 9) all of humanity can be redeemed as well.
Our heavenly Father desires for His children to produce good fruit. (Galatians 5:22-24) He longs for us to be obedient, respectful, loving and faithful. He desires thankful hearts who want to please Him. He sets us up to succeed, not to fail. (Joshua 1:8)
Just as God's judgment is a true reality for our sin, so is His redeeming love. Praise God! What a good, good Father we have.
Prayer: Father, thank You for loving us and sending Jesus to redeem us back from sin. Make us spiritually aware and keenly responsive to the world's declining morality that can put us in bondage. Help us to love You faithfully and bear sweet fruit that is a pleasing aroma. In Jesus' name, amen.
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