Just like a spoiled child we can be harming our own character through our selfishness. We seek after this world. We are self seeking, overindulging, excessively praising things that aren't praise worthy.
It's not about being fruitful in just my family either. It's about becoming fruitful in the lives of others. I've been challenged this week...so let me share with you too. Do you live for your next purchase, your child's next game or event, your kid's good grades, etc.? Who or What do you live for?
And just like it talks about here in Isaiah 5...if we don't produce good fruit...God will discipline us. Just as a spoiled child requires discipline. Being God's own child...I'm no longer worried about His eternal judgement. The substitution of Jesus Christ, dying on the cross for my sin, makes me His own. That substitution is the difference between discipline and judgement.
Just like children don't fear the judgment of death from their parents...I don't fear eternal death from my perfect, heavenly Father. BUT...just like spoiled children require discipline...I too, require discipline from God...to help me grow strong and mature in Him...so I can bring glory to His Name.
How do you respond to God's discipline? How will you learn from your Heavenly Father...to find grace and help to move forward in your faith?