Weak Coffee

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 1:21-31

Your silver has become dross, your best wine mixed with water. (v. 22)

Have you ever tried to fix a cup of cold, day-old coffee? There’s not much you can do to salvage it. If you stick it in the microwave, it will come out tasting old and burnt. If you try pouring more fresh coffee into your cup, you’ll just end up with a lukewarm broth, and you’ll still taste the nasty bite of old coffee underneath the new. If you want fresh coffee, the only thing you can do is throw out the old and start with a brand-new brew. That’s what Isaiah is getting at when he tells the people of God that they are like the “best wine mixed with water.” There wasn’t anything that they could do to spruce up their souls.

Sometimes the sin in our hearts is not so much putrid as it is bland and watered down. We are not hot or cold, but lukewarm. When our wills are split, we cannot love God with an undivided heart. What we need is a complete transformation, from the inside out. Maybe Jesus had this passage from Isaiah in mind at the wedding in Cana in John 2. He didn’t bother with trying to fix the old stuff. He took water and made brand-new wine.

Can you name the ways in which you have wavered in indecision, preferring to be vague and lukewarm? Ask God to brew you into a strong new self instead. —Steven Rodriguez

Prayer: Lord, turn my weak will into a strong determination to love you.