“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 18:24 NKJV
Today, you have been given 24 hours, 1440 minutes, or 86400 seconds. There is not one moment in this time slot called today that your life is out the care and keeping of the God of the universe. Not one word spoken to you that will hurt or heal you, not an action done to bring you pain or pleasure, not a circumstance that will break your heart or bring you overflowing joy, will miss His attention. Every detail of you life is known to Him, even the things you think are the best kept secrets.
If we understand this, then we need to know that whatever unfolds in our lives today whether we see it as good or bad, today is still the day He has made. That may not seem like a huge deal, but if we think about God for a moment it is an immense deal. You see, God is good. He is not good some of the time, part of the time, when He is in the mood, but all of the time. Not only is He good, but all that He has made is also good. When He finished each day of creation, He called those days, “good”. So, if God can look at the days He creates and call them good, can they really be anything less than that?
You see, I can look at my life and say, I have had a few bad days, but were the days really bad or was my attitude about the day the issue? Were those days in mention, days where I focused on God, or on self and comfort? I understand like anyone in life that sometimes we get hit hard. Sometimes, we didn’t see that circumstance coming and we are taken off guard. Yet, even in those moments, God is merciful and kind to us. His love is relentless and His grace is overflowing. Which is all the more reason the day is good. It is always a good day when mercy covers, when we embrace His grace, when in brokenness He takes our hands and lifts us to a place of beauty. But the truth is that, each day is filled with those very realities, there are just some days where we do not see it as clearly as others.
The God who loves us without limit provides a fresh opportunity every day to see Him and offer Him the thanks He deserves for the new provision coming our way in the next 86,400 seconds. Will this day be declared a write off in your life or an opportunity to be grateful to a God who holds you and your every moments? There really is only one response. “I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Today I am grateful that in all of my moments of ingratitude He extended mercy and grace that overflowed. I am thankful that today I get a fresh start, a new opportunity to thank the God who is worthy for the 1440 minutes in front of me. I am privileged to be able to rejoice in His goodness and to be reminded that should painful words come my way today, or news that I did not expect, that He has given me more than I need to be grateful and He only does what is good.