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“This is the day the Lord acted;  we will rejoice and celebrate in it!” (Psalm 118:24 CEB)

God acts!  Every day, God makes the sun rise and set.  He rotates the earth on its access.  He supplies air to breathe, food to eat.  He energizes us each morning with life.  He grants us sleep to rest.  He provides jobs.  He heals relationships.   He creates a masterpiece of our lives with His presence.  What does God do for you every day?  He acts!

What does God do for you every day?  He acts!

The New Living Translation of Psalm 118:24 uses “made” instead of “acted.”  Both are past tense verbs, meaning He’s already completed the work.  In other words, before you ever opened your eyes this morning, God has completed work on the day ahead:

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16 NIV)

Today may not feel like a day to rejoice for you.   Heartache is weighing you down.  The tensions of the pandemic make peace a far off thought. Fear of the unknown is a constant battle. God still made this day.  He understands what is happening in the world.  His heart aches with yours. He has no fear, nor does He want you living in fear.  He gives us hope: 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

COVID19 emphasizes the fragility of life.  An unseen virus has wreaked havoc with our world.  The reality of death is a topic not easily discussed.  COVID19 forces the conversation of mortality.  None of us know what the future holds, except for God.  God is not afraid of death. God created a way for us to overcome death.  We have eternal life through Jesus.  Eternity is happening now.  Our lives on earth are for a short time.  Our lives with Jesus are for eternity:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24 NIV)

Place your trust in Jesus.  Allow Him to ease your troubled heart.  He wants you to rejoice in this day, not dread it.  Follow Peter’s advice to find Jesus’s joy:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:7-9 NIV)

Question of the Day:

Have you trusted Jesus with your life?

Further Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11 NIV, John 12:20-50 NIV, Psalm 118:19-29 NIV, Proverbs 15:27-28 NIV

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