I recently heard a speaker teach on what it is really like to tend a vineyard and how it relates to much of what we hear about in the Bible. When I came across this particular passage during my morning quiet time it popped right off of the page for me because of what I just learned. I love when that happens!
In Isaiah 5:1-2 it says…
“My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
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.”
Let’s start at the beginning. First, the planter chose a fertile hillside, dug it up and cleared it of rocks. Sounds like the right thing to do, right? Nope. What I learned is that grape vines need really rocky soil so the roots are made to grow down to a rich water source. The planter did what he thought was right in his own eyes (or what a farmer would do in any other farm field) but it wasn’t right in this situation. He was trying to avoid problems or obstacles in his path. He didn’t consult the Lord.
Next up, he built a watchtower and a winepress as well. He was so sure that what he was doing was the right thing to do that he planned a future around his first decision! That turned out to be a mistake. Don’t we sometimes do this ourselves?
Lastly, he looked for his harvest but only found bad fruit. Why was that? When we don’t consult the Lord in the beginning stages of a decision and instead rely on ourselves, we won’t produce His fruit even though producing His fruit is all we really want in the end, right?
Later on in chapter 9 of Isaiah, verse 21 says “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” I’m not sure about you, but I want to be considered wise in God’s eyes – not my own.
My prayer is that each of us will consult the Lord before we begin so that in the end we produce only His fruit.