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

The Eye-Body Connection: Part II

Daily Devotional: Day 120

Today’s message is a continuation of yesterday’s. We saw that the problem of a bad eye can be traced to the garden of Eden, where the serpent tempted Eve to look lustfully at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That look was so strong that it caused Eve to sin, followed by Adam. Soon after they sinned, the Bible says their eyes were opened, they realized they were naked, and fear gripped them upon hearing the voice of God (cf. Genesis 3:7-10). The first human sin occurred through lust of the eye. That should tell us something. Think about it: Jesus says the lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, if the enemy wants to destroy you, one effective way is to put out your lamp.

If you want to walk with God, it is necessary that you learn to discipline your eye and restrain it from lustful affections. You can’t allow your eye to lust after everything ‘nice’ that flashes across you, because not all nice-looking things glorify God. You should be aware of the difference and steer your eye away from whatever can lead you into sin: sin of envy, greed, idolatry, jealousy, fornication, adultery, pride, hate, rivalry, etc. If the eye is left to lust after the wrong things, darkness will take over the body. From that point on, your body becomes vulnerable to the enemy’s attack. Why? Because satan is attracted to darkness. In fact, he thrives in an environment of darkness.

In general, as Christians, we have underestimated the supernatural importance of our eyes and have given too much room for our eyes to flirt with the sinful pleasures of the world. The Bible calls this “the lust of the eye” (cf. 1 John 2:16), and says it is not from the Father, but from the world.

Listen to something else Jesus said about the eye, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell” (Matthew 5:28-29, bold emphasis added). If a simple lustful look aimed at someone who isn’t your wife (or husband) means you have united yourself to the person and committed adultery with her/him, it tells you how powerful the eye is, and why we need to keep it in check. Jesus isn’t asking you to physically pull out your eyes. The point He is making is that you should discipline your eye and bring it under total submission to the law of God, for it is better, if necessary, to lose an eye and be saved than for you to lose your whole body to hell.

There is one man in the Bible who understood the wisdom of this teaching and went so far as to make a covenant with his eyes. His name is Job. In his own words, “I have made a covenant with my eyesWhy then should I look upon a young woman?” (Job 31:1, emphasis added). Job was not a ‘Christian.’ Nor did he experience the measure of New Covenant blessings we have today. Yet, he had the wisdom to make a covenant with his eyes. This tells us that we, too, can make a covenant with our eyes: to dwell only on things that glorify the Lord and to look away from things that can lead us to sin. This isn’t just about our relationship with people of the opposite sex. Lust of the eye covers everything within our field of vision; everything that attracts our eyes: the flashy vehicles, the big houses, the latest fashion in town, the latest gadgets, the latest phones, the glamor of entertainment and sports, the obsession with shopping, etc. Whatever you lust after, you become its slave.

From today, use your eyes to glorify God. Keep your eyes pure and you will enjoy the blessings of a light-filled body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Pray to the heavenly Father about today’s message.

For further study: Proverbs 4:1-27

Faith Is a Risk

Daily Devotional: Day 36

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go” (Hebrews 11:8, RSV).

Faith in Christ isn’t risk-free. This shouldn’t surprise us. If you hate risk, following Jesus would be an unpleasant experience for you. Jesus will take you places that can make you uncomfortable. Consequently, following Jesus isn’t for the faint of heart. When we trust someone, we assume a degree of risk; that’s the nature of trust. Risk can take many forms, including but not limited to, disappointment, financial loss, grief, broken heart and betrayal. We haven’t seen God with our eyes, yet we believe that he exists. That’s a big risk. We didn’t see Jesus rise from the grave, yet we believe and boldly proclaim that he’s risen from the dead. We haven’t been to heaven, yet we’re convinced that after this life, we shall be with the Lord and see him face to face. We’re, for the most part, relying on the testimony of the Sacred Scriptures. This means we’ve taken the risk to believe what the Bible tells us about God and his dealings with people. Where there is trust, there is risk. The fact is, if we’re afraid to take risks, we can’t trust anyone – not even ourselves. And if we cannot trust people – even a little – then we need our own planet, for there’s no risk-free relationship.

It takes faith to even obey God, as we can see from today’s Bible verse. Abraham obeyed God by faith, when he was instructed to relocate. The Bible says that Abraham started out, not knowing where he was going. He took a big risk when he moved his family and headed to an unknown destination. God rewards simple obedience. And when we obey him, he shows himself faithful. The Bible is full of individuals and groups of people who took risks in the exercise of their faith in God. Take, for example, Moses: God called Moses to lead the deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. At that time, Moses was a fugitive – having fled Egypt after he killed an Egyptian. The last person Moses wanted to meet was Pharaoh. He thought that returning to Egypt would be a suicide mission. Overwhelmed by the potential risks of the divine assignment, Moses came up with several excuses to convince God to look for someone else: “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak. But he [Moses] said, “Oh, my Lord, send, I pray, some other person” (Exodus 4:12-13, RSV). You, too, may have your own reasons why you want to avoid something you know God wants you to do. If so, what’s your fear? Can you trust God to have your back?

Pray:

Daddy, thank you for the honor of being called by your name. Thank you for believing that I can do what you want me to do. Open my eyes to see that you always have my back, and that your hands will always be there to catch me. In the Name of Jesus. Amen. (Enjoy this song by Hillsong United)

For further study: Luke 1:26-38