“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

Matthew 21: 40 – 41

How in control do you feel? If you ask someone who is diagnosed with a life threatening illness they will tell you that in the blink of an eye the control they thought they had turned out to be false. Same for someone hit by another car or the victim of any number of accidents. Same actually for someone whose life seems to be going along swimmingly and this should come as no surprise to us as Christians.

We often wonder why evil people prosper or the underserving seem to get ahead whilst the righteous suffer, yet this will not always be the case. We need to remember every single one of us will ultimately stand before God and give an account of our lives; including those tenants in this story. Whilst they thought whey were escaping God, getting to do what they wanted to whom they wanted, in truth they were not.

Prayer: Lord, I recognise that one day I shall stand before you to give an account of what I have done with this life. By your grace I shall stand there knowing I am a sinner with only your mercy to fall on. Please help me to recognise you are the one who is ultimately in control and not me.

Action: Keep a count of all the decisions you are subject to today that are outside your control.

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