46 … and it grieveth me that I should lose them.
47 But what could I have done more in my vineyard? Have I slackened mine hand, that I have not nourished it? Nay, I have nourished it, and I have digged about it, and I have pruned it, and I have dunged it; and I have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day long, and the end draweth nigh. And it grieveth me that I should hew down all the trees of my vineyard, and cast them into the fire that they should be burned.
Our Savior is a God who weeps for us and grieves over our separation from Him. He looks down on us, sees all our dumb choices, behaviors, and wickedness and weeps over our separation. He has paid the ultimate price to help us come home. He asks “what more could I have done?”
He wants us to succeed. His patience and long suffering know greater limits than we can understand. And yet, it has to be coupled with justice. He knows that at some point He is going to lose some of His vineyard. And so even as He works and waits for us to choose Him, He weeps for those who don’t.
I want to be a chooser. I want to be someone who recognizes all He has done to help me be good fruit. I don’t want Him to grieve because I don’t choose to accept all He has done for me. The gift has been so freely and lovingly given. I just have to accept it and keep working at coming. He will keep helping me come as long as I keep trying. He doesn’t give up.
Jacob apparently was struck by the Savior’s mercy in the allegory too.
Jacob 6:4 And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
And then he goes on to ask “Are you going to take His matchless gift?”
5 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.
I love that. “Cleave unto God as He cleaveth unto you.”