devotional post # 1,991
Luk 13: 6 Then Jesus used this illustration: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
Luk 13: 7 So he said to the employee who had tended the vineyard, ‘For three years now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue to use up the soil?’
Luk 13: 8 But the worker answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it.
Luk 13:9 Then if it bears fruit next year, okay, but if not, you can cut it down.'”
left alone time
That fig tree had no awareness of its death sentence. It was just being left alone for a long time, and the employee who managed the vineyard begged for that time. He wanted so desperately for the fig tree to bear fruit, so that it would not have to be cut down.
What Jesus was saying about his generation is that the death sentence for them had already been set. They were merely living in that deceptive period between the sentence and their execution.
If you are one of those people who have waited a long time for God to do something for you, let this text speak to you. Consider the possibility that God also might be waiting during this “left alone time.” He may be giving you time to repent and bear fruit for him.
LORD, change us, so that we do not waste this time which you have graciously given us.