Daily Devotion

This Is The Day

By: Marissa Wolf

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24

The Bible says “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” not we will despise and be sad in it. Mostly everyone pretty much loves the weekends, but when Monday arrives almost everyone dreads it's coming. They often grumble and complain about how much they hate Mondays. Unknowingly, most of us end up idolizing our hatred for Mondays and proudly display it on a pedestal and sometimes their entire personality revolves around their hatred for Monday or another day of the week. Many of us despise Mondays, but Monday is a day that the Lord has made and we are called to rejoice and be glad in Monday. As children of God we aren’t called to grumble and complain, to have idols, and to have hate in our hearts. (See: Philippians 2:14-16 and Leviticus 26:1). If we do, we must cast these things to the Lord, repent, and seek forgiveness. (See: Acts 3:19). We are to instead live out godliness with contentment is great gain, to worship God alone, and to have the love of God in our hearts! (See: 1 Timothy 6:6, Exodus 20:3-5, and Romans 5:8-10). We need to make sure our fruits are aligned with the fruits of the Spirit! (See: Matthew 7:16-20 and Galatians 5:16-26).

We aren’t called to boast about our hatred for certain things or to lust after Friday’s and “wish the weekend would get here faster",  “wish the whole week away”, or “wish there was an extra day between Sunday and Monday”. We are called to glory in the Lord alone, to be patient, and to wait in and on the Lord’s timing! (See: 2 Corinthians 10:17 and Psalm 37:7). The Lord created each minute, each hour, each day, each week, each year, each decade, and each moment of time for such a time as this. If we lust after anything, we must cast it to the Lord, repent, and seek forgiveness. We are to honor the Lord in the time that He gave us, not to “wish it away.”

Sometimes the earthly circumstances that begin on Monday’s such as going back to work or school or waking up early instead of sleeping in aren’t always going to be fun, but we must honor and glorify the Lord within these earthly circumstances. (See: Colossians 3:23-24). Time is a good gift from the Lord. We must redeem the time. (See: Ephesians 5:16-18). 

God created the days of the week. There are 7 of them and we are called to rejoice and be glad in each and every single one of them. We are to rejoice and be glad in Sunday. We are to rejoice and be glad in Monday, rejoice and be glad in Tuesday, rejoice and be glad in Wednesday, rejoice and be glad in Thursday, rejoice and be glad in Friday, and rejoice and be glad in Saturday. And when the week starts over again, we are still called to rejoice and be glad in the day which the Lord hath made no matter what earthly circumstances are going on around us. Even though the earthly circumstances may be terrible or great, the day that God created is still good despite whatever earthly circumstances we are going through at the time.  We also may often say “The day/today sucks.” or “This day sucked.” The day can never “suck” as it is something that the Lord has made. The day is His creation and all of His creation He has deemed as good. (See: Genesis 1:31). The earthly circumstances within and throughout the day may not always be the greatest either, but it is up to us to choose how we will react and respond to them. (See: Joshua 24:15). Will our attitudes, actions, words, and intentions be holy or will they be fleshly? Will we humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and respond in Christlikeness or will we walk in the flesh and respond in sinful wickedness? (See: James 4:7-10). 

With Monday’s arrival, it can be so easy to give into the anxiety that may spring forth with plans that the upcoming week may bring and making sure we don’t forget anything important that may be on the calendar; whether it may be an upcoming test that we have to study for, homework to turn in, a job interview, getting everything planned for a child’s birthday party, the first day at a new job or school, figuring out what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and supper, and trying to make sure that we don’t overbook plans on the same day, etcetera. There can be so much anxiety that comes with every day, but we mustn’t give into the worries and allow it to stress us out. We aren’t meant to carry these heavy burdens, this is why it’s important that we place them in the Lord’s hands for in the multitude of our anxieties, the Lord comforts our souls. (See: Psalm 94:19). It is to Him alone that we must cast all of our cares too. (See: 1 Peter 5:7). We aren’t to keep harboring them, we must let them go to the foot of the cross. When we are heavy laden and weary, we must go to the Lord. God gives us rest and His strength to help us to get through what we’re going through. God’s burden is light and He alone is the only One who has the strength to carry each and every single one of our burdens and cares. (See: Matthew 11:28-30).

We are to be thankful for each day as it comes. Our days are numbered and shortened here on earth. We don’t know when our time here on earth will be our last day and we don’t know the hour of Christ’s return. This is why we are to rejoice and be glad in the day as we never know when it will be our last! Sometimes it can be hard to rejoice in the day, especially when the earthly circumstances throughout the day are hard and trials and tribulations arise and we become tested in our faith. (See: 1 Peter 1:7). It can be so easy to give in to negative feelings of frustration, anger, despair, and doubt, etcetera. We must remember that things take time and just keep putting on patience. (See: Colossians 3:12-15). In James 1:3-4 “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” This is a great Scripture to hide in our hearts when the earthly circumstances become rough throughout the day. 

We might not always thank the Lord for our job or going to school even though homework or our career may seem demanding and heavy and “too much work with so little time”. It becomes dreadfully draining and too much for us to handle. There’s a popular saying which goes something like, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” And while it is true that God does not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able, the truth is that God will give you more than you can handle, but never more than HE can handle. We often think, “Why do I have to thank the Lord for my job, for my school, or my homework, it’s nothing, but awful over there? There’s nothing good in it. What good will it do for me?” or we might say “God, I don’t want to go again. It’s just going to be the same stuff to deal with.” or “God this is just so hard, I don’t know how to deal with this. Why is it such a struggle every time?”

This is a heart problem that needs to be repented of. There’s many out there who aren’t “fans” of their jobs, or “fans” of going to school and doing homework, but there is good that comes out of it. It can become a place where we can share the gospel, it helps pay the bills and puts food on the table and in our stomachs, puts gas in our vehicles, etcetera. There are always going to be trials and tribulations in this world, but we are to be of good cheer, God has overcome the world! (See: John 16:33). When struggles arise, it’s because most times we are doing things our own way without God and not including Him in all of our moments. (See: John 15:5). It’s also because the devil doesn’t want God-orchestrated things to happen, because the devil knows if it’s God’s will and way nothing can stop God’s timing and plan from happening. So the devil is trying to fling every power of darkness he has and attack God’s children to get them to delay from obeying the Lord and stopping them altogether from choosing to follow Jesus and keeping His commands. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy; and he will do his best to steal the joy, kill the hope, and destroy the peace of those who seek to follow Jesus, but through Christ we have victory over the enemy! Jesus has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly! (See: John 10:10-29). 

This is when we go to God and call upon Him! When we’re heavy laden, weary, and filled with burdens and cares we must cast them to the Lord and He shall sustain us and give us rest. (See: Psalm 55:22). He alone will place His strength in our weakness and He will help get us through and overcome whatever it is that we’re facing. (See: 2 Corinthians 12:9). We must remember that what God brings us too, He will bring us through. God made us and called us here for such a time as this. He paved and prepared the way for us. We must stop delaying and start obeying and be willing to walk the narrow path for His glory alone! God put us in this career for such a time as this. God put us in this school for such a time as this. God placed us in this position for such a time as this! No matter what part of the world God has placed us in, we are to not be ashamed of the gospel, but to willingly share it in the places that the Lord has called us to go - for such a time as this! (See: Romans 1:16, Mark 16:15, and Esther 4:14).

Sometimes we may often get so caught up in our earthly worries throughout each day such as how can we even afford to pay the bills on time or groceries and the basic necessities, get the children to school on time, anything that may be outside of our control, how we can do things with such little sleep, the state of the world is in and how it affects our day-to-day earthly lives, etcetera. We must remember to not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. (See: Matthew 6:25-34). God is Sovereign over all of these things, He provides for our every need, and He is in control no matter what is going on in the world. (See: Philippians 4:19). The Lord takes care of all of His children and it may not come in our timing or in the way we hope or expect it to come in, but God’s thoughts, timing, and plans are far better than ours, and we can’t do life without Him for He alone is the One who gave us this life that we live and we must honor and glorify Him with it. (See: Isaiah 55:8-9 and Jeremiah 29:11). We can do this by dying to the flesh, become crucified with Christ, and become born again. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (See: Galatians 2:20). This is not a one-and-done thing, but a daily Christlike lifestyle of denying the flesh and walking in the Spirit. (See: Luke 9:23).

We should be thanking the Lord that we woke up today, that we are alive and healthy, and have His breath in our lungs. Yet, most of us start out the day despising, complaining, or grumbling about it. We’ll remember to start our day with our morning coffee or whatever drinks we like to have in the morning, yet we’ll neglect to start our day in prayer, reading our Bibles, and spending time with the Lord. Most of us worship our morning coffee or drink more than we worship our Savior and this is a heart problem that needs to be repented of. This is idolatry and something that we aren’t called to walk in, but again to repent of. We aren’t called to place our happiness in whatever day of the week it is. We may be “happy” on Friday and dreadful, annoyed, and upset on Monday. We’re often thinking to ourselves “Ugh, not Monday again.” By doing this we are being led by our feelings and emotions, not by the Spirit of God. We are to choose holiness over happiness. (See: 1 Peter 1:14-16). Happiness is temporal and earthly, whereas joy is everlasting and our joy only comes from the Lord. We are called to be led by the Spirit of God and nothing else. (See: Romans 8:14). We must cast these feelings and emotions to the Lord, and deny the flesh so we can walk in the Spirit of God! Today is indeed the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice, be glad in it and use it for His glory! 

How can you use this day for His glory? Do you rejoice and be glad in the full day or only when it best suits your mood? Do you start out your day with the Lord? Do you include the Lord in all of the moments of your day? Are there any heart problems that you need to cast to the Lord, repent of and seek forgiveness on? Do you respond in holiness to your earthly circumstances? Will you be thanking the Lord for each day of the week that He blesses you with, including Mondays? How can you show gratitude today?

“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Hebrews 3:7-13