Young Anthony was ending his prayers before leaving for school. “And, finally, God, thank You for this beautiful day that You have given us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
“But, Anthony,” protested his mother, “this is not going to be a beautiful day. Large thunderstorms are approaching.”
“I know, Mom,” replied Anthony. “Never judge a day by its weather,” he said as he ran out the door.
The Psalmist proclaimed, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!”
Sometimes when we get halfway through a day, we feel that there is nothing to rejoice about or to be thankful for. Our problems mount, and their solutions evade us. Our plans are interrupted by meaningless demands that make no sense at all. Our decisions seem to be wrong, no matter how hard we tried to get them right. Our sorrow overwhelms us, and our guilt appears beyond God’s forgiveness. What then? Rejoice? Makes no sense to most people.
But, according to the Psalmist, that’s the best thing we can do. When we read the Psalms carefully and allow God to speak to us clearly, we will discover that the authors were open and honest with God about their difficulties. And, when they talked to God sincerely, by the time they came to the close of their prayers, they ended them by giving Him praise. Give Him facts. He’ll help!
Prayer: Thank You, God, for always being with us in all of our difficulties. Help us to know and hear Your voice and then accept Your grace as a solution to our problems. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24-28
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