I have been learning more and more each day that God will always be there for me: strong, compassionate, loving, merciful, and true no matter what the circumstances, whether I am pursuing Him whole heartedly or not. He seeks to bless me. He seeks to care for me. He seeks to provide for me. He will always deal with me in a right, fair and just way.
In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, the landowner made an agreement with the workers he hired in the early morning that he would pay them a denarius for their work. All the other workers that he hired throughout the day were told that they would also receive a fair wage for their labor. When everyone received the same wage regardless of the amount of hours that each worked, the laborers who worked from the early morning complained, believing they should receive more because they worked more.
But [the landowner] answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.’ Matthew 20: 13-14 (NKJV)
I can completely trust my Heavenly Father to deal with me in a right and fair way. When He paid the price for me by sending His Son to become a curse so that I am redeemed, I agreed to that payment when I asked Him into my heart. Whether others have worked for 40 years, 10 years, 6 months, or 1 day, I can only expect to receive the same priceless wage at the end of the day.
Now I could complain about it, thinking I deserve more, like the workers, but in reality, no matter how much ‘work’ I do each day for God, it doesn’t come close to being enough for the price He paid for me. I may wish for more, but what more can I truly ask for when ALL has been given. He gives me exactly what He agreed to give me – His life, when I was still his enemy. I can fully trust in His dealings.
But there is another type of landowner, a landowner like Laban; one who looks out only for himself, one who cheats, one who is dishonest and untrustworthy. If I deal with him I can only expect to be dealt with poorly. Like Laban, he will change my wages to suit him, he will become discontent with my work, and he will eventually seek to destroy me when I try to escape his clutches.
Jacob worked for this type of landowner for 20 years, but he learned to put his trust in God and in the midst of the circumstances, God protected him from Laban’s mistreatment and provided for Jacob’s household and blessed him abundantly.
Sometimes when I am being dealt with dishonestly I believe that I am alone. I think no one sees. But this story helps me remember that God sees all and rectifies all wrong dealings. As my landowner, He provides for my blessings when I am trusting Him and doing right before Him.
[And God said to him…], “For I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.” Genesis 31:12b (NKJV)
Each of us can choose which type of landowner to work for – one who will cheat and seek to destroy I one who will deal in a just and true way. I have chosen to work for the one who was willing to pay the ultimate price for me.
Lord, thank You for dealing with me in an honest way, for sending Your Son and through His death and resurrection, giving me new life. Thank You for redeeming me and paying me a wage that I don’t deserve no matter how much work I do in Your Kingdom. Thank You for protecting me from the landowners who seek to cheat me. Thank You for providing for me and blessing me every day. Amen
Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India