Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 20, 2011
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”. Psalm 118:24
Everyday is a new gift from God, created by Him and for Him. The dawning of each day displays the light and love of the Lord’s creation. Christians celebrate Sunday, the first day of the week, as a reminder of the Almighty’s achievements, namely the resurrection of Christ. However, the work week does not need to be focused on worldly agendas alone.
Seize today as a trust from Almighty God, and steward it with a sense of divine destiny. Perhaps you pray over a blank sheet of paper (or computer screen), and then list by faith how you believe the Lord wants you to focus your time. Follow through with the difficult assignments first, execute some easy ones, and then trust God and others with the tasks out of your immediate control. Today has enough time for you to accomplish His agenda.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Furthermore, receive God’s gift of today with generous joy and gratitude. Life does happen, some days it is much more difficult to be thankful than others. There are times when the seeds of sorrow are sown under the dark clouds of confusion, but don’t allow fear of the unknown to steal your joy and imprison your peace. Hope in the Lord means you can anticipate His faithfulness during dark times, so be still and listen for His voice.
Today is an invitation to focus on and rest in the faithfulness of your heavenly Father. Adam’s sin nature brought a day of sadness, but Christ’s sinless nature brought a day of gladness, so live in the moment for your Master Jesus. By faith and with grateful anticipation, unwrap His gift of today, and behold the beauty of its possibilities. Be glad you have only one today, and by God’s grace live it to its fullest.
“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today…” (Nehemiah 1:11a).
So focus on the next right thing today and do not become paralyzed for fear of tomorrow. Today is the only day you have to live, learn and come alive. Seize the day for your Savior Jesus and watch Him do a wonderful work of grace.
Progress comes in God’s timing and in His way. A day dedicated to Christ has more possibilities than a 1,000 days unrecognized as a gift from heaven. Unwrap God’s gift of today and worship the giver.
How can I receive God’s gift of today with peace, contentment and joy?
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
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