5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

Deuteronomy 26
Psalm 117-118
Isaiah 53
Matthew 1

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 118:24 (CSB): “This is the day the Lord has made; let’s rejoice and be glad in it.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

A big part of how we will respond to life is based upon how we see life. What we see is really what we often get.

One relaxing ride that I have enjoyed when I visit the Magic Kingdom is “Carousel of Progress.” It takes the observer through about 4 or 5 settings to observe how technology, culture, and other things have changed over time because people dreamed of a better tomorrow and then made it happen. As each section concludes, the narrator sings:

“There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of everyday
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow is just a dream away.”

As I sat in my seat during one of my times on that ride, I thought: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I thought that way? Wouldn’t it change everything if I looked forward to my tomorrow’s with perpetual optimism rather than neutrality, or skepticism, or even pessimism?”

Well, the Christian can! While Disney’s reason for being positive about our tomorrows is inspiring but may seem a bit flighty, a Christian’s reason is substantive and certain. We can be excited and happy about our tomorrow’s and today’s because we know that they are a creation made by our Heavenly Father.

Psalm 118:24 (CSB): “This is the day the Lord has made; let’s rejoice and be glad in it.”

Every single thing that happens to you today was orchestrated by your loving Heavenly Father. Even the bad things were inserted or allowed for the purpose that it would be for your ultimate good and for His glory.

Friend, if you are a follower-of-Jesus, we really should “rejoice and be glad” in each and every day because they are a gift from our Father, tailor-made for us.

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Lord Jesus, while I realize that I live in a broken, sin-sick, Genesis-3-cursed world, I also realize that none of those truths negates the fact that You are reigning supreme over the world and over my life. You have created today and my tomorrow’s so that absolutely nothing can happen without You willing or allowing it. And even when bad things happen, I can positively rest in the fact that You have brought it into my life, intending it for my good. While it may be bad, You intend for it to bring out good results in my life. So, Lord, based upon the truth of Psalm 118:24, I chose to be positive and happy in each day you give to me. Thank You for Your grace that enables me to make good on this desire. Amen.