Not tomorrow, not yesterday, but this day. This day God Himself made. Granted, He’s got the others covered as well, but this is the one that He wants us to focus on right now. This is not a new truth, but it can certainly become a lost one. I can be in good company having a wonderful time, and all the while be thinking about something unpleasant I may or may not have to face the next day. It’s possible to let the dread of tomorrow kill all joy today. That’s in direct contradiction to God’s will for my life.
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow,” says our Lord in the last verse of Matthew chapter six. This is not an excuse for poor planning or inadequate preparation, but an exhortation to leave the final results to God. As the verse goes on to say, “…the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” All our fretting will not change a thing; it will only furnish us with unnecessary grief today. George McDonald made this observation: “It has been said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.”
Each morning, God presents us with the gift of twenty-four hours to do with as we will. He knows what is in store for us, and He also knows how we will handle it. How we will act and how we will react. But this does not negate our responsibility to choose; nor does it excuse us from culpability if we choose wrongly. Notice the Psalmist did not say, because God had made the day he can rejoice in it; he says he will rejoice and be glad. In other words, it’s possible to look at this gift from God, made especially for us, and turn up our noses. It’s a matter of the will. I realize some days look better than others, with seemingly greater prospects, but that doesn’t change the fact that God made them…all of them.
We should take each day from the hand of God, because that’s exactly what it is. Don’t let yesterday diminish it or tomorrow dampen it. It’s valuable currency with the ability to make us rich in the things of God and the joys of life. Spend it wisely—but lavishly. It was not given to us to squander, but it was given to us to savor.
Hey, you there wishing you could crawl back in the bed and pull the covers up over your head, today is a day made special order for you by God. It’s YOUR day, so…Rejoice!