Friday, January 5, 2018

“This Is the Day"

"This Is the Day"

    God makes "todays."

    "This is the day which the Lord hath made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24).

    He is the Maker of this day.  Perhaps the sun rose upon a red letter day we've long awaited, a time of expected and fulfilled blessing by the God from whom descends "every good gift and every perfect gift" (James 1:17).  Conversely, the day may portend of great challenge, presenting mountains in our way that create uncertainty, demand difficult action, and even cause pain.  Or this day may seem simply like a day to be lived as most days, putting our hand to the plow of routine and realizing the possibility of unexpected blessings and hardships.  Whatever this day brings, God is the Maker of it, the Maker of this day.

    To the degree we embrace this truth will be the degree to which we walk in its holy light.  Our Heavenly Father will make this day in the sense of determining or allowing the things that come into our lives.  He is perfectly capable of working "all things together for good" in the lives of those who love Him, the good of conforming us to the spiritual and moral image of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).   A million devils and their cruel attempts to harm us cannot counter the wisdom, involvement, and power of God to construct this day in the sense of weaving every moment into the fulfillment of His eternal purpose in the Lord Jesus.  Our calling involves the planting this truth deep in our hearts, and then remembering and encouraging ourselves and each other with its peace, assurance, and enabling.

    Our yesterdays were once todays.  If God chooses to give us tomorrow, it will be come another today.  For now, we live in "the day which the Lord hath made."  This is a given, a guarantee.  Whether we will join the Psalmist to "rejoice and be glad in it" remains to be seen.  God has made the day.  We must make the choice to believe, in the light of His Word and as enabled by His Spirit.  Peace awaits, whatever the day may bring, so long as we remember the One who brings to us the day as His gift to us, this "day which the Lord hath made."

"That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee."
(Proverbs 22:19)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.
(I Peter 2:6)

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