“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. Each day is a rich and precious gift from God, with new grace and new opportunities.
Jesus says that we have only this one day, and we must not be anxious for the day tomorrow. Even though it has gone badly before, it can be completely new and glorious today. If there is something that bothers our conscience from the past, we have abundant grace and power to bring it in order today.
Let us rejoice
As the Word says, let us be glad and rejoice over each day. It is the Lord who has made it and planned it for us. He is faithful and takes care that today we will not be tempted and tried beyond our ability to bear. He will make the temptation and the way of escape so that we can bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) We also know that today all things will work together for our good. (Romans 8:28) Today the good works are being prepared for us, and we will have abundant grace and strength to walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
We must learn to number our days and live as if each day were our last. Today could be the only day, the last day we have, to show all goodness and love to each other. Today we are to glorify Jesus’ name in everything we say and do and let the sun of our love rise over the evil and the good.
It is today that we shall endure, suffer, and bear everything with joy, fully believing that God is in control. Today we shall be bold and not lose courage, but rather look to the things that are not seen, because then our tribulations will be light and temporary and will work for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
This is the day the Lord has made
“For this commandment which I command you today, it is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.” Deuteronomy 30:11. “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments…” Deuteronomy 30:14-16.
Today I choose between life and good and death and evil by either receiving or rejecting the laws of the Spirit of life written in my heart. “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…’” Hebrews 3:7-8.
The decisions we make today are crucial for eternity! Jesus will come to fetch those who are waiting for Him today and are ready to meet Him. They are the children of light and of the day.
This is the day the Lord has made!
Adapted from an article by Aksel J. Smith. First published under the title “This is the Day” in the BCC periodical “Skjulte Skatter” (“Hidden Treasures”) in 1975.
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