“This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24 NKJV
Growing up, this particular Bible verse was one that I heard quite frequently. It could be used as a way to start my day, cheer up a bad day or let’s be honest, a reminder to get over myself and be thankful for another day of life. All in all, over the years this verse became one that I could reference or go to for any number of reasons. Like most things in life though, if we start treating it in a casual manner, we can start to lose appreciation for its meaning or purpose.
In a recent time of worry, this verse came to me again but this time, it took on a refreshing context. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even need to recite the entire verse – just the beginning. “This is the day that the Lord has made”. That’s it. That’s all I needed. If the day that I was having – whether good, bad, or downright filled with pain – was one that the Lord made, why should I be afraid? Why should I let my heart be troubled?
In the Bible, Jesus Christ is referred to by several names. For instance, I am one person but to different people, under different situations, I am a mother, I am a wife, I am a daughter, I am a friend, I am an employee. In an even more magnificent way, Jesus Christ takes on the role of Jehovah Jireh (the Lord will provide), Jehovah Nissi (the Lord is my banner/He fights for me), and Jehovah Shalom (the Lord is peace). In my time of worry and doubt in how things were going, this was my big “Aha!” moment. Although clouds didn’t part or rainbows appear, there was a noticeable change within me.
It was then I truly realized that if the Lord I serve and I’ve given my life over to is the same Lord that created this day, I’m more than alright. I have every reason to be glad, even in the midst of things not going my way or even being bad. My Lord, who promises peace, protection and provision, is in control.
My day is not a surprise to Him. Your day is not a surprise to Him. God is not in Heaven running around trying to figure out a game plan. So whatever it is that you may be going through, turn your eyes, your heart and your mind towards Jesus Christ. Get into the Bible – that’s where His words are.
Get into prayer. Speak to God plainly about what is in your heart and mind. Share your day with Him. Share the goodness of it, share the beauty of it, and share the troubles of it. Whatever you do, share, know and rest assured – our Lord and Savior, our good, good Father, made this day. You may not get all the answers you need today. You may not even receive all you desire or need to make this day better. However I offer this: You are loved by God and living in a day that, if you allow Him to, He will see you through.
– Mena –
Mena is a believer & a follower of Christ who wants to encourage others to live out a God sized life & destiny.