Scripture: from verse 5
unless it takes hold of My strength,
in order to make peace with Me
Observation: Very confusing passage. God is talking about His vineyard (presumably His people) and says that He has no anger against it, but if it grows weeds and thorns He will destroy it, unless it takes hold of His strength to make peace. Another translation turns these three states (at peace, growing thorns, and making peace) into three different possible futures, which seems a little more logical but isn’t necessarily right.
It rather reminds me of Genesis 32. Jacob was alone and worried all night, and he wound up wrestling with a man who turned out to be God on the riverside. The man asked to be let go, and Jacob said that he would not let go until God blessed him. God changed his name to Israel, saying that Jacob had struggled with God and man and had won.
We hear a lot about the need to be meek and submissive before the Lord. But every so often we get these hints that God doesn’t mind the occasional shouting match, as long as we are directing our energy towards Him. Sometimes it’s okay to have thorns, as long as you are clinging tight to God.
Application: Focus on God, even when you are angry.
Prayer: Yeshua, I praise you because you are strong enough to allow us to challenge you. Thank you for offering your strength and your peace. Help me to cling tight to you, even when I’m being thorny. Amen.