Frequently we anticipate the next day of our lives when we expect something momentous to happen. When I was a child, my birthday party was the source of excitement and anticipation, and when I would awaken in the morning, my Mother would say “This is the day!”
When graduation day came, I remember thinking well, “This is the day!”
After delivery of my firstborn, I thought “This is the day I will never forget!”
And then I repeated that same thought when my second child was born.
“This is the day”. It is a phrase that we say, or think, often and for good reason. As human beings, we celebrate things and anticipate things. It is appropriate, and it is good.
In Scripture we read of things that are to come and the words “this is the day” speak of a time when the anticipated thing will occur.
God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel and said:
“And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord GOD. This is the day of which I have spoken.”
Ezekiel 39:7-8 NKJV
Some days bring judgment, as prophesied by Ezekiel. We may not see the final judgment of God during our lifetime, no one knows when that will occur. But each of us has known of a time when judgment came for our actions, whether it be by judicial fiat, by way of reversal of fortune due to improper greed, whether it is illness brought on by a reckless lifestyle, or a breakdown of a marriage because of abuse, and the list goes on and on. If you are one who cannot think of any such judgment time in your life, be aware that there will be a judgment later … you will not escape!
The Apostle Paul said:
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
We must remember that while our Lord God is patient in His steadfast love, He is also a God of justice. The only way we can come before Him and escape punishment for our sin is through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our sinless Lord has taken our guilt and our sin through His death on the cross and His resurrection establishes the sufficiency of His work to redeem us and free us from the bondage that sin creates. Praise His Holy Name!
It is for this reason that we can rejoice in Him. The Psalmist understood rejoicing in the Lord. See Psalm 118:24 where David exhorts us to rejoice in the Lord when he penned:
“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Today, see ways that you can rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord has given to you. We may have chores, we may have business to attend to, we may even have to pay bills with ever diminishing funds; we may have children to chase, sicknesses to endure, and all manner of difficulties … but we can still rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord give to us, if for no other reason than our sin and guilt has been paid for and we are adopted into the family of God. Each moment is a gift from God.
Don’t waste the time we have by being frustrated, angry, and/or sinful! Be glad that our God loves us and has given us this day to serve Him in whatever way He directs. Because of Jesus, we can be free indeed, and we can be at peace and glad in whatever comes our way. If you do not know Jesus as Lord of your life, receive Him into your heart today … and you will truly rejoice and be glad in this day of all days!
Father, I pray that I would not waste the day, that I would take that which You have given me and that I would glorify you through my actions, words and thoughts. Thank you for the blessing of this day.