One of my favorite verses has God caring for a vineyard and never leaving it. He’s capable of destroying anyone who messes with it, even itching to have someone oppose the vineyard so He can burn them up. No sooner does the thought play itself out that He wishes for them, the opposition, to make peace so He can care for them, too.
His love outweighs His desire to destroy.
Take a cue. You may have the ability to crush someone, but that’s not strength. Strength pushes past the details to find a way to see the diversity of the big picture.
You know you’re in the presence of God when you feel small in your ‘rightness’ and embarrassed to have been so bold in your finger pointing. His correction is gentle and the nudge to make amends is undeniable. Freedom is found in submission, not in the public recognition of self-importance.
We are all His vineyard. How can you be cared for, when He has to fight you for fighting someone else? Stop looking at the person next to you, as though it’s your place to correct them. You’re a branch, love is your fruit, not people. If someone falls, they fall to their Master. You’re not their Master. You’re their brother or sister. Help them up.
“A pleasant vineyard, sing of it! I, the LORD, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day; I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them, I would burn them up together. Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.” -Isaiah 27:2-5 ESV