Count Your Day Right

Daily Devotion | Day 283

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5, NKJV).

Day one of the creation story in Genesis is interesting. God commanded light to come forth, and it did. It’s no coincidence that God called forth light. Light sets the stage for great things to happen. Light is the herald of good news. Where there’s light, there’s clarity. Where there’s light, there’s hope.

Next, the Bible says God saw the light, that it was good. God didn’t accidentally see the light. He purposefully looked at it and determined that it was good. Then He divided the light from the darkness. Here again, God didn’t leave it to chance that light will automatically stand out from darkness. He made the effort to separate (divide) the light from the darkness.

When all was done, the Bible says, “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” The day started with evening and closed with the morning. In other words, the day progressed from evening darkness to the morning brightness. This is the pattern for all six days of creation. None of these details is a coincidence. The Creator intends to convey a message to us. Let’s find out what it is. 

How you count your day is important. You can be intentional about how you live your day. When God called forth light, He looked at it and saw that it was good. To count your day right, it’s important to focus on the bright side (the light). There’s light in your life. But you have to be intentional about seeing it. Each new day is an opportunity to acknowledge the light and call your day a good day.

What you acknowledge, you’re likely to experience. You can be surrounded by light, but if you don’t acknowledge it, all you will see is darkness. You can begin each new day with a whisper of faith, “In the Name of Jesus, let there be light! Father, I thank you that my day is filled with light. Today is a good day. I am glad and I rejoice in it. Amen.”

You need to separate light from darkness, and focus on the light. Whatever you focus on affects you. If you focus on darkness and gloom, sooner or later it’s going to affect you. But when you focus on the bright side of life (the light), you’re doing the right thing. In the spiritual realm, like attracts like. This means darkness attracts darkness and light attracts light.

Finally, according to the creation account, a day starts in the evening and progresses to the brightness of the morning. God wants you to count your day right. Evening comes first, but it does not have the last word; morning does. God wants you to look forward to the brightness of the dawn. He doesn’t want you to look forward to evil and darkness.

Our heavenly Father wants you to anticipate light and welcome the joy it brings to you. As the Psalmist says, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, KJV). Be careful what you anticipate because it may very well come to pass. What you anticipate, you attract. Therefore, anticipate right. Anticipate light.

From now on, learn from your Father in heaven. Count your day right. Count it bright.

Blessing: May the Lord surround you with light, favor and tender mercies. Amen.

For further studyGenesis 1:1-31 and Psalm 118:1-29

Establishing Thoughts, Changing Lives

Daily Devotional | Day 252

“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established” (Proverbs 16:3, KJV).

Your thoughts are an essential part of your existence as a human being. We know that God made us in His image and likeness. In creating us, God has given us the ability to createconceive and translate thoughts into action. The things we do (or do not do) are based, for the most part, on our thoughts. Our ability to form thoughts is one of the ways in which we are like God. It is a gift from God. Let us, therefore, not take for granted this ability. Forming the right thoughts and handling them well is essential to our personal development and the development of others.

You can have the most wonderful thoughts about how you want your life to be. That is a good start, but you need more than thoughts. More importantly, you need your thoughts to be well-ordered and established. Here is where you need the wisdom of God’s word. Today’s Scripture says, “commit thy works to the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” It sounds simple. But if we knew the importance of having our thoughts established, we wound appreciate the significance of the passage.

Committing your works unto God means entrusting to Him your ways, your plans and your aspirations. Why is this important? First of all, plans can die and thoughts can fade into non-realization. We all can relate to that. Changing circumstances can affect our thoughts and cause us to waver. But when you commit your works unto God, He shall establish your thoughts. You will think clearly, aided by the Spirit of God. You will see your way clearly and you will not waver about what you want (and can) do.

Your thoughts are safe in God’s hands. He knows the end from the beginning and His counsel shall stand (see Isaiah 46:10). He is the beginning and the end (see Revelation 1:17). He sees the future before you get there. This is the Person you need on your side. He shall establish you. When your thoughts are established, you will no longer be defeated by doubt and fear. An established thought life is the catalyst for a wholesome life.

Commit your works unto God today, and let Him establish you.

BlessingMay the Lord supply all your needs in accordance with His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Proverbs 3:1-35

The LORD Made You a Wonder

Daily Devotion | Day 248

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty!” (Psalm 8:3-4, NASB).

Why do you use a mirror? When you look in a mirror, what do you see? Beyond your reflection, do you see anything else? When you look into the mirror, you are seeing someone created in the image and likeness of Almighty God (Genesis 1:26-27). The marvelous works of God are in the details. Next time you look in a mirror, pause for a few seconds and look at yourself. Forget the makeup, hairstyle, dress and teeth for a moment.

In those few seconds, become aware that you are looking at a precious soul, created with love, beauty and majesty in mind – sent into the world to display the marvels of God. Look carefully, and say a prayer of thanks to God who made you. Acknowledge that you are a wonderYou are a wonderful creature from a Wonderful Creator. You are a wonder, because God made you so. Acknowledge it. And act like it.

In today’s opening passage, David is filled with awe. Feeling helpless, he turns to God and wonders: When I look at Your heavens, the moon and the stars, their beauty and majesty, what is man that you are mindful of him? Yet you have made him a little lower than God (Here, the Hebrew uses the word Elohim which often means God(s). In Psalm 8:4, however, most English translations refrain from translating Elohim as God and instead use “angels,” perhaps because of Hebrews 2:5-8. In any case, in this instance, the NASB’s rendition is preferred by the author of this Devotional).

David’s main concern is why God is mindful of man. On the surface, our value pales in comparison with the splendor of the moon and the stars. Yet, God has made us a little less than Elohim. Furthermore, He has crowned us with honor and glory. David is right to be amazed. He can’t wrap his mind around the fact that God would bestow on us such stupendous dignity. David, in the end, realized that man is a wonder. In Psalm 139:14, he acknowledged it: “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully madewonderful are your works.”

You too, dear child of God, acknowledge that you are God’s wonderful work. Don’t get so busy with life’s preoccupations that your miss the wonder that you are. Augustine of Hippo once said, “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering” (emphasis added).

It is time to glorify God by acknowledging that He made you a wonder. Ponder and wonder, and give thanks.

Blessing: May the Lord open your eyes to see that He has crowned you with honor and glory. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further studyGenesis 1:26-28, Ephesians 2:1-10, and Hebrews 2:1-18

Citation: (“Saint Augustine Quotes.” BrainyQuote.com. Xplore Inc, 2018. 4 September 2018. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/saint_augustine_107689). 

Created Special

Daily Devotional: Day 110

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26, NKJV).

From Genesis 1:3 the Bible begins to tell us about the order in which God created the world. God created in six (6) days, starting with the creation of light and finishing with the creation of man. We can observe an interesting difference between the first five days of creation and the sixth day. During the first five (5) days, God creates by commanding things into existence. But on the sixth day, when it came to the creation of man, God did not command, “Let there be man. . .” This brings us to today’s Scripture reading. Look at the Scripture again.

When it was time to create man, God called for a special ‘council,’ so to speak. He said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” There was a personalloving and deliberate decision to create us. This means we are special and dear to the Father. It also means we are not the product of evolution or some random set of meaningless, impersonal events.

You are made by a loving Creator, who took time to fashion you and put together your beautifully complex human structure, and He gave you the ability to love and be loved. You are made in the image and likeness of God Himself. Do you realize what this means?

You are God-like.

When God looks at you, He sees His own image and likeness in you. If you remembered this truth every moment of your life, how amazing your life would be! You would live differently. You wouldn’t get depressed when your ‘friends’ don’t accept you. You wouldn’t give in to worries and anxieties. You wouldn’t live in fear. You wouldn’t even live in sin. In fact, you wouldn’t sin against your neighbor in whom is the same image and likeness of God. When you remember your origin, your calling and your destiny, it changes how you approach life; it also changes the moral choices you make and how you serve God. It would make you worship the Father with burning reverence, gratitude and holiness. God made you special, so live the special life. Amen.

Pray to the Father about what you’ve heard today. And may He answer your prayers.

For further study: Romans 1:18-22

Resting Like God

Daily Devotional: Day 108

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

The Christian life is about imitating our Father in heaven. In Ephesians 5:1, the Bible says, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children” (RSV). The first person you must imitate in life is God, your heavenly Father. We are His children, so it makes sense that we should want to be like our Divine Parent. In six days God created the heavens and the earth. On the seventh day, He rested from His work. Think about it: Even God takes a rest. Resting is sacred.

Resting is a deserved break from working. We must, therefore, distinguish it from sloth or laziness. God rested after His work of creation. The point is, you need to earn your rest. When you do that, it makes resting more meaningful, refreshing and rewarding. Resting does not mean inactivity. You can be resting while engaging in stress-free activity that refreshes your spirit, body and mind. For example, you might spend time walking in a park while reflecting on the beauty of God’s creation. You might lie still in your couch meditating on the goodness of the Father and His Word. You might also want to read good books that edify you, or listen to good Christian music (not all “Christian music” is good). The writer of this Devotional, for instance, enjoys a variety of ways to rest. One of his favorites is to just lie still and listen to Handel’s Messiah while contemplating God’s breathtaking plan of salvation.

God wants you to imitate Him. Always keep that in mind. And imitating Him includes learning to take regular, meaningful, refreshing rest. From time to time, you might want to turn off your TV, video games, or even take a break from social media activity. Don’t allow your eyes, mind and body to be constantly bombarded by the latest entertainment news in town. This is part of being a child of the Father. At times, the best thing to do is to take a step back and just be.

Getting quality rest is a godly thing to do.

Resting doesn’t always mean sleeping. Quality rest means understanding that your mind and body need time to recover and be replenished. Don’t push your body and mind to the point where they can no longer support you. In today’s world, you need to be intentional about resting. Therefore, learn from your Father in heaven, and make a commitment to incorporate biblical rest into your life.

Prayer:

Dear Father, it is a privilege to be called your child. And it is an honor to imitate you. Grant me a spirit of wisdom and of revelation to know you more. And as I know you more, let me become more and more like you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Exodus 31:12-18