SUMMARY: Vine care
OVERVIEW: Israel is a vine, planted by God, that was knocked down and was being consumed by an enemy. Israel cries out for restoration.
BIG IDEA: Stay faithful and stay connected to the vine of Christ.
KEY VERSE: Psalm 80:19
Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I hear your cries and see your struggles. I am not ignoring or neglecting you. I am at work in your life. In the midst of your trials, I want you to seek me. There is a way out. Follow me. And as you follow, share words of hope and encouragement to others. I am here for all people. Don’t equate your pain with my negligence. You live in a sin-filled world, and you will be hurt and feel the sting of pain, regardless of how you live. Look at what happened with my Son. However, keep your eyes on me and I will lead you through it.
I have connected you to Jesus, the vine of life, so that you will thrive and produce fruit. Stay connected to that vine. Others will invite you to leave the vine, but don’t do it. Stay attached to your true life source. Anything else will dissatisfy you and leave you longing for what you already have. I love you and am with you. Follow me.
Jesus is the vine. Evaluate if you are staying connected to him or if you are doing your own thing. Set up reminders for yourself to stop and pray throughout your day as one way to stay connected to what God is doing in and around you.