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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Day 6

“… beginning with the last”
Matthew 20:8

We always seem to be concerned with fairness, equality, and being treated right. Some rail against God because they consider events in their life to be “unfair.” This is the “why me?” syndrome. But we who know Him know that we are the recipients of God’s marvelous grace and mercy. He alone, in His sovereignty, freely chooses whom He will favor, and in which ways He will do so.

The words “. . . beginning with the last,” ring throughout eternity with the hope He has given us. Those who are destitute, desperate, hopeless and lost find hope in His calling, even when they are the last to enter His presence. In Jesus’ parable, those who only worked one hour received the same pay as the first who worked twelve hours, but it was twelve times more in relationship to the hours worked!

Sadly, those who were first did not rejoice over the generosity, but even took to grumbling and complaining because they had worked all day. The Prodigal son’s brother took exception to the restoration of his brother and the great feast that was given for him. How sad that so many fail to see the richness and generosity of our Father, and fail to partake in the great joy and glory of His making the last first. God’s generosity transcends our ideas of fairness; for no one will receive less than they deserve, but some will receive far more.

“The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of His unfailing love”
Psalm 33:5