Today’s Reading: Isaiah 15:1-18:7 (additional reading Psalm 58:1-11 and Proverbs 23:12)
It is possible for a Christian to be barren and unfruitful even while having knowledge of Christ the Lord. This is clearly presented in Peter’s second letter where he concludes his instruction in Christian responsibility for growth by saying, “If these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:3-8). To be fruitful we must know how to avoid being barren.
As was true for our Jewish forebears, we Christians are prone to neglect the lessons of history. We often ignore the warnings arising from the judgement of the people of God; however, we ignore such warnings at our own peril. Paul cautioned the Corinthian saints against ignoring the warnings arising from Israel’s history (1 Corinthians 10:1-13).
In our text, Isaiah states that Israel had become barren because of three errors—errors that still plague the church today. Isaiah charged that Israel was suffering from a love of idols, a loss of memory and a loss of concentration. In a similar fashion, we often chase after the wrong things, forget what God has done for us and get too easily distracted.
If our lives are barren, let us heed the call of God to remember again God our Saviour. If our lives resemble parched and arid lands instead of well-watered plains bearing rich fruit to the praise of His glory, let us determine that we will again return to the place where God wants us.
As Christians we have a focus for our faith—that focus is the Risen Saviour Himself. We are to fix our eyes on Him, just as the text states. We dare not lose our concentration. Instead, we are responsible to make every effort to honour Him through discovering what pleases Him and then doing those things that are pleasing before Him.
Would you describe your Christian life as barren or fruitful?
What lessons does the past teach you to live more fruitful today?
Father, Thank You for saving us and calling us to a fruitful life. Help us to stay connected to You that we may bear much fruit for the kingdom. In Jesus; name, Amen.