Scripture: from verse 8
Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it…
Observation: God is talking about His people, and how they have once again been choosing things He does not delight in, and how He will have to punish them accordingly. But then He compares them to a cluster of (presumably wild) grapevines that turn out to have sweet juice, and how the vines are not destroyed because there is something useful inside.
I have plenty of failings, as does everyone, and sometimes I worry that I cannot trust God to use me because I will fail to understand what He is and isn’t saying to me. God recently reminded me of the last story in I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov, in which the characters mention that the giant computers that run the futuristic world economy cannot be disobeyed, because they will note patterns of disobedience and adjust their suggestions accordingly. God is much bigger than I am. He knows my failings. He has already planned for my weaknesses.
Application: Trust God to use you to be a blessing.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I praise you because you are bigger than I am. I praise you because you understand me even when I do not understand myself. I praise you because you can take my human weaknesses and make something beautiful out of them. Please use me to be a blessing. Amen.