Sunday Devotional: It's never too late

Isaiah 55:6-9

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

The other day, I published a post titled “Are we in hell yet?” about a rap performance at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony on Sept. 20 featuring prancing insect-eye demons.
As the culture around us sink deeper into decay and corruption by the day. Indeed, when reputable universities — supposed institutions of higher learning — see fit to hire as professors domestic terrorists who live secret lives of unimaginable debauchery, it does seem like we are already in Hell.

See:

But it’s never too late to turn from the abyss, as the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard reminds us.

Matthew 20:1-16A

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,
he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock,
the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off.
And he went out again around noon,
and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock,
the landowner found others standing around, and said to them,
‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,
‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came,
each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,
but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,
‘These last ones worked only one hour,
and you have made them equal to us,
who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply,
‘My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

It’s never too late.

For His mercy is deep as the oceans.

May the peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional.
With the earthquakes and hurricanes are we being put on notice in the way we are running the world?
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Steven Broiles
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During one of the last times I saw him, my father said to me, “All I want is to be forgiven of my sins. If the Lord does that, I don’t care if he puts me in the back somewhere. All I want is to be forgiven. If the next man wants to be forgiven of his sins, then even if I do not like him, I may not begrudge him that.” Forgiveness of sins is the greatest gift we can receive. If my sins happen to be greater in number or more grotesque in evil than someone else’s (and… Read more »

marblenecltr
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The time of the Gentiles is coming to an end, those seeking wages of the greatest value, come quickly.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

What a wonderful, significant lesson for us . . . it really is Never Too Late! Thank you for compiling this significant message for us today.

daveyone1
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Lophatt
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Lophatt

As always, these readings have a bearing other things as well. To our “end times” aficionado, the parable is also saying “don’t second-guess God”. Who is saved and who is left as chafe is ENTIRELY God’s decision. How God rewards those who enter his vineyard is also entirely up to Him. In fact EVERYTHING is up to Him. How God orders our world and the next should put us in awe. We are not now, nor will we ever be, more intelligent than God. Oddly, when God seeks God He looks to us. We should always be prepared to have… Read more »

Christine Watts C.
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I have had the worst time trying to overcome doubts and fears of Catholicism that were firmly planted in my psyche by those who truly believe the Catholic Church is of the devil, for many decades now–I’ve longed to become a Catholic since 1967 when something miraculous happened, and on numerous occasions I’ve either enrolled in the RCIA, or had a priest decide to tutor me himself, so I could convert–each time something happened that ended my attendance in those studies–if I tried asking questions about Catholicism of fellow Protestants I was always met with the same hostile attitude towards… Read more »

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MomOfIV

wonderful devotional Dr. Eowyn….I pray all souls who yearn for love to feel the shine of the glory of the Lord upon their hearts. Amen.