” Thankful for the Persistence of the Lord”
I may have already shared this in this forum. I was baptized when I was ten and became a member of the Codorus COB. I certainly was not saved at that point. There were times I became angry with God and felt like He was making my life difficult. I was a two hour a week or so pretender, pretending to be a believer.
Please read the following verses. Matthew 20:1-16
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.3 “About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.”He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ 7″‘ Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.”He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’9 “The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
So as I look at this, I became a believer in my early 40’s. so I relate to the landowner looking for workers at noon. The day was already half over.
According to scripture, a human life averages between seventy and eighty. So my life was half over when I finally yielded to Him. I am so thankful He continued to work on me.
Sometimes I wish I had come to the Lord earlier in my life. I might have pastored sooner in my life.
But the Lord God knew that I was not ready, I had not come to the point in my life where I was broken. So the Lord God called me in the right year, the right hour, the right second.
And because He had been working on and changing me, I said yes. For your persistence oh Lord, I am extremely grateful.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;