From these short few verses, I see the generous heart of God. He goes out several times during the day to search for laborers. Certainly he needs workers for his vineyards, but I also see that he is caring to make sure everyone has a part. Some workers were waiting all day for work, and when they did not receive it, the landowner (the Father) decided to hire them as well. And at the end of the day, he rewarded them the same as those who had been working all day.
He is a generous God, seeking our benefit. When we understand this, it changes our relationship with him. When we don’t get what we want, we begin to question if God is good. Why would he allow such and such if he was a good God?
Lately I’ve felt like the Lord has been saying that ‘the race isn’t over yet.’ I have felt like some opportunities have come and gone, never to be seen again. But it ‘isn’t over yet.’ It might be the 11th hour with not enough daylight to earn money to put food on the table for the family, but my generous God meets me in the twilight, offers work, and is generous as if I’d been there all along. It took faith for those 11th hour men to stay out all day and not give up. But in their faith, they were met with the goodness of God. ‘It isn’t over yet.’
Memorized: Matthew 20:1-5a (Mar 2)