By Shane Kastler
Has today been a good day for you so far? Maybe it has and maybe it hasn't. Of course the word “good” can mean many different things. At the end of each day we might say it was a “good” day or a “bad” day and we usually make this determination based on circumstances. So what we really mean is good things have happened to me today; or bad things have happened to me today. But in both cases we must remember that the day we had was ordained by God. The Bible says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
Can you rejoice, no matter what this day holds? You can if your focus is on God and not your circumstances. For the follower of Christ we can rejoice knowing that God is still in control and is working all things out for His glory and our good. We can get up every morning and pray Psalm 118:24 and truly mean it. No matter what this day holds it is the day “the Lord has made.” And we can further proclaim, “we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Lousy circumstances might knock you off of this theme. Which is why you might have to remind yourself of God's sovereignty over whatever comes to pass.
Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean you are happy about everything that happens to you today. Life is full of disappointments and problems. Sin, which still rears it's ugly head in us and in others, is nothing to rejoice in. But we can and do rejoice in Jesus's power over it. So no matter what, we can rejoice in the Lord, even in the midst of circumstances that we don't rejoice in.
So I will conclude with the same question that I began with: Has today been a good day for you so far? You might say “yes” and thank God for it. But even if you would say “no” you can still say with full assurance that it is the day the Lord has made. God may ordain blessings for you today. Or God may ordain trials for you today. In either case, it is the day the Lord has made, so rejoice (by God's grace) and be glad in it.