10 “Many rulers have ravaged my vineyard,
trampling down the vines
and turning all its beauty into a barren wilderness.
11 They have made it an empty wasteland;
I hear its mournful cry.
The whole land is desolate,
and no one even cares.
Do you ever stop and look around at our world, like while you're driving down the highway for instance, and wonder what in the heck we're doing?
As I drive down the highway I see shopping centers one after the other after the other...giant concrete buildings...all looking the same....full of stuff, stuff, stuff...and lots of people trying to grab all the stuff.
I see huge expanses of concrete...covered with shiny, new cars guaranteed to make us feel better and bigger and more important. Bright lights...and balloons...and those weird moving air filled things to grab our attention.
Billboards...everywhere. Flashing messages to us...tantalizing...ice cold beverages, scantily clad women, promises of riches at the nearest casino...buy me, drink me, desire me.
Distraction. Selfishness. Me, me, me. Want, want, want. More, more, more.
I hear it's mournful cry. The whole land is desolate, and no one even cares.
It's so sad. It breaks my heart. It makes me sick.
And I am right in there...wanting, grabbing, more, more, more. I get caught up in it. I see it...and want it. And pout if I don't have it.
It's not what this is all about. There is more. He didn't intend it to be this way. We've done this...we've ravaged the vineyard...we're trampling the vines...we're turning all it's beauty into barren wilderness, and an empty wasteland.
Not all scripture is sunshine and roses. But it is all truth.
It's what I got this morning...so it's what I share.