Psalms 118:24 NKJV This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
I do this every morning because no matter what the day may bring I know that God is all in it. I know that no matter what I may face. That I am not there all alone.
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
God’s goodness shows up in our lives every single day. Although we often think of his goodness when something big happens, his goodness abounds all the time--in every hour, minute, and second of the day, in the smallest of things around us.
Here are five reasons I can say “This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it”
1. Waking Us Up
Every day that God wakes us up is an example of his goodness. This means we are still working towards the purpose and gifts he has given us. It shows us that he isn’t finished with us yet and that we still have a mission to fulfill. We have no reason to grumble and complain about anything that we must face during the day. We should be thankful that we are still breathing and happy to get up and live for Him. Many did not wake, and many others are confined to a bed, a house, a hospital, a prison, or some other institution.
2. Pouring His Favor on Us
On the days when we are surrounded by the smallest and, in our opinion the most insignificant to the major blessings, we know that God is pouring his favor on us. This can be anything from someone bringing you a cup of coffee and a donut you your favorite coffee being told you are going to be a grandmother or grandfather, or a raise, or the offer you made on a house being accepted. We need to pay attention to all the things in our day, both big and small, that are a blessing to us. A lot of times, it’s the little things that mean the most.
3. Protecting Us
We have all heard about the person who had car trouble and missed being in a horrible accident or being late for a flight on a plane that crashed with no survivors. We have heard about the detection of a serious medical condition or illness that almost did not happen because someone decided to keep and not cancel an appointment. These are the significant ways God protects us. He also protects us from the gossip that is going around that we never hear or the person that is trying to sabotage you, but the right people see you and what you do for others. These are all ways he protects us daily.
4. Speaking to Us through Prayer
Prayer is our most powerful connection to God. It is how we express our thanks and gratitude, make our petitions known, and intercede for others. Sometimes we get an answer of “yes,” sometimes, “no” and sometimes, “wait.” Sometimes, he gives us specific instructions and, sometimes, he is silent. Other times, he speaks to us and provides us with an answer in the most surprising of ways. No matter what, he always answers, and we need to look for those answers every day.
5. Guiding Us
We make many decisions every day, everything from deciding what to wear or what to eat, or whether to take on a project or not. Often, we have to determine whether an opportunity is right for us or if we should follow a particular path. It’s at these times that God will guide us. We need to stop and pay attention.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.