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Song of Solomon 1:6

“… They made me the keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept.”

A house overgrown with weeds and vines announces to passersby that very little time has been spent maintaining the home. But more than a lack of gardening, the outside speaks of what is potentially happening inside. Solomon’s sweetheart lamented that other’s demands were the cause of her vineyard’s neglect. Her garden was in shambles, and the warning here is timeless.

Today, God would tell us to attend to our own garden. When our lives are over-filled with commitments or consumed by the distractions of hardship or temptation, our spiritual lives will suffer. A heart left alone and starved of the Word of God will soon be swallowed up with the cares of life. The garden of the soul must be pruned and trimmed, or else the weeds of the world will flourish—choking out the Christian life and joys we once enjoyed.

Dear believer, how is your garden growing? Is it filled with the fruits of the Spirit—love, peace, and joy? Does your heart overflow with grace that refreshes others’ lives? I pray that it is so! Or has your garden fallen into neglected disrepair and is now covered with thorny weeds? Beware of the trap of an untended and thus unfruitful garden.

In every season—winter, spring, summer, or fall—determine to maintain a devotional time with the Lord. Call out to Him and invite Him into the garden of your soul. Listen to His voice and fellowship through His Word, and fruit will abound.

Awaiting His Return,

– Pastor Jack

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