God Is God

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Matthew 20:1-16

Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? (v. 15)

As humans, we like to think that God “owes” us answers for life’s unfairness. The fact
is that God doesn’t owe us anything—let alone answers that we probably wouldn’t
understand even if we got them.

The parable of the workers in the vineyard is a perfect reminder of this. As the
workers receive equal pay for unequal work, they react typically. “That’s not fair!”
Knowing we’d feel that way too, the Master sets us straight. “Am I not allowed to do what
I choose with what belongs to me?” (v. 15).

The truth is that God’s ways are much higher than ours; his wisdom is beyond our reach.
The psalmist confessed that “Such knowledge is too wonderful . . . it is high; I cannot
attain it” (Ps. 139:6). Even King Nebuchadnezzar understood his place as he penned the
words, “None can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Dan. 4:35).

This is where faith comes in. Part of faith is letting go of our desire to know all the answers. It means accepting that “God is God, and I am not.” We don’t have to know the “why’s” of everything, instead we have to trust that he is in control and knows what he is doing.


Lord, help me remember that you are God, and I am not.