The ONE THING for today

When you’re having a bad day…

This ought to give you comfort (in a perverse sort of way).  The very best day God had during his big creation week was “good”.  If you’d been there on Day-one (our Sunday) and had been able to ask God, “How was your day?”  He would have replied, “Good.” (Genesis 1:3-5) 

Monday (Day 2) didn’t even get a “good” rating!  No surprise there. (Genesis 1:6-8) 

Tuesday was a good day. (Genesis 1:9-13) 

Wednesday got a “good” rating. (Genesis 1:14-19) 

Thursday also was a good day for God. (Genesis 1:20-23) 

But notice this, it was not until Friday that God had a “very good day” (No wonder we all like Fridays!).  (Genesis 1:24-31) 

Now before you move on I want you to notice something; the “very good” rating occurred because God took into account all of the week.  In other words, it wasn’t until the week was completed that “very good” happened. 

The point is this: Why do we expect every day to be a good day?  Even God had one day in which he didn’t pronounce it as good.  How much more is it likely for you and me, with all our weaknesses, frailties, and tendencies to stray from God’s path, to have a bad day? 

Here’s the ONE THING: Perhaps you’re having a bad day (week, month, year, life).  Perhaps you feel like a bad parent, employee, Christian, person.  Well, no surprise there—even the best day God had was good until Friday came around. 

What is “Friday”?  Friday is completion day.  I’m not an advocate for drinking wine, but the wine growers’ creed comes to mind here: “Judge no wine before its time.” 

Don’t give up on today just because things aren’t going well.  Don’t give up on life just because things aren’t going well.  The final chapter has not been written, the final verdict is still out, and God gets the last word. 

Be of good cheer.  Do your best, commit your ways unto the Lord, and trust Him to help you – when all’s been said and done – to be able to say, “Very Good!” 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

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