Inasmuch as our God is pleased to use us in the process of expanding the cause of His Kingdom, we must never forget that He is the one who is ultimately the Keeper of His Kingdom and the Vinedresser of His Vineyard.
Receive this truth from the prophet Isaiah as a word of encouragement and comfort today:
I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it. (Isaiah 27:3)
To be sure, every Christian has been called by God to cultivate and care for His Vineyard . . . His Kingdom. But behind every Christian is the Christ. Behind all that we do is our God, who is doing it all. Jesus Himself is the Cosmic Cultivator, who waters His Vineyard continually and guards it day and night. Our God never slumbers and never sleeps (Psalm 121:4). He is always at His work and caring for His own. And that, beloved, includes you!
Now if the Cosmic Cultivator is watering you day and night—even moment by moment—oh, how you should be growing up into Christ! Never are you in a season of drought. Never are you overtaken by noxious weeds and busy bugs. God Himself is the Keeper of the gate and will allow no evil or harm to uproot you from Himself. Yes, we are all troubled from time to time by the “little foxes” (Song of Solomon 2:15) that seek to ruin the vineyard, but what harm can truly come our way when our God is the One responsible for watering, tending, and guarding us?
That personal pronoun “I” in today’s verse should give you great comfort and encouragement, regardless of where this message finds you. God says:
- I WATCH
- I WATER
- I GUARD
What have we to fear when the great I Am is watching over us—nourishing us and guarding us every step of the way into glory? Who can resist His will? Who can overcome His omnipotence?
So . . . as you consider this great promise today, is your faith flourishing because of His faithfulness to you? Remember God’s immutability—the fact that He changes not. His promise given through the prophet Isaiah centuries ago is as sure today as it was the moment God uttered it! Every promise from God is “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Remember, what God has promised to cultivate and keep will be cultivated and kept. Leave no room for doubt in your mind today; your God has given this promise to you. Receive it and respond to it by living it out with the joy of the Lord, which is your strength, knowing that even when you mess it up, He will use even your evil to accomplish His good.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!