Every morning brings another day to us.
We wake with a to-do list in our minds. Sometimes concerns about a sick loved one or a strained relationship or a potential job-layoff cloud our first thoughts.
We roll from bed and grab a bite to eat. Some folks nibble on spiritual nourishment, too, but many do not. After all duty calls, and we must respond.
For some, the day brings a delight: a marriage proposal, a phone call or email from a friend, a financial bonus at work, the birth of a child or grandbaby, bursts of sunshine after long stretches of rain, a surprise birthday party or anniversary gift, or a clean bill of health.
For others, the day brings sadness: a cancer diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, a job layoff, a move far from everything familiar, a betrayal, or news about the latest terrorist attack somewhere in the world.
We wake in the morning thinking we know what’s facing us, but in reality, we haven’t got a clue. Sometimes life plods along at the same predictable pace week after week. Then the unexpected happens and catapults us into a white-knuckle ride.
Life changes in a nanosecond. But God remains faithful.
“This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it,” says Psalm 118:24. These words are more than the lyrics to a lilting worship chorus. They’re truth, and they ought to impact our view of today and how we respond to it.
Think about it—if God designed today for us, then we ought to consider it a gift. No matter what it brings, He is with us, and He remains loving, wise, and sovereign over our circumstances. Nothing that happens takes Him by surprise, and nothing is too difficult for Him to handle on our behalf.
Here are suggested responses to the truth that the LORD made this day for us:
- We will say no to complaining about the weather and yes to praising Him for being Creator of the wind and rain and sun.
- We will say no to whining about our workload and yes to thanking Him for the health to accomplish the tasks at hand.
- We will say no to fretting about difficult situations over which we have no control and yes to thanking Him for His ability to intervene and bring about change for His glory.
Meditate on this truth, okay? The LORD, almighty God, crafted today especially for you. Invite His presence into whatever you’re experiencing whether it be mundane or seeming chaos. Let it wash away your worries. Let it open your eyes to His presence in and over your circumstances.
Rejoice. Be glad. Today is the day the LORD has made, and He makes no mistakes.
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