Coffee commercials are both encouraging and disturbing. The actors wake up with a stretch, a sniff, and a smile. They jump out of bed, take a deep breath to smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and smile as they walk toward the kitchen to pour themselves a cup. That is very encouraging. We can wake up to a new day and be filled with the smell and the smile that this is going to be a good day. But, it is also disturbing. Who wakes up that easily? Who wakes up that happy? Whose problems are so small that a cup of coffee will make the world right?
You are probably facing more pressing problems than a cup of coffee can totally solve. But, maybe we can learn something from the stretching, sniffing, smiling people who are ready to face a new day. Hear what the psalmist writes:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24, ESV).
Fortunately, this truth in Scripture goes deeper than a cup of coffee. This truth uncovers the possibilities of the new day. It speaks of the potential that today holds when we trust God to see us through the day. We have this day, called today, to live in a way that pleases and glorifies God. Notice these comforting facts that we learn from this verse.
1. God made today.
The Lord fashioned today to accomplished what He has planned for the day. We don’t know what will come, but God does. Nothing will surprise Him. Nothing will catch Him off guard. Today is a day that He has made, and He will make of it what He chooses to make.
2. We can find joy in today.
Because today is going to be what God wants it to be, we can experience the joy of Christ this day. It is important to note that joy does not mean that we are going to be happy with everything that happens. Joy comes with a connection to the Father through Jesus the Son. Happiness is based on circumstances. Even when circumstances are difficult, we can experience true joy. Joy is based on who God is in our lives, not what is going on in our lives. Rejoice in this day because God has made it, and God has made you. Let Him do what He wants to do on this day.
3. We can be glad.
Because God has made this day and because we can rejoice in who God is and who we are in Him, we can be glad in all that today holds. We can be glad that God’s purposes are unfolding in our lives. We can be glad.
It may not be as sappy as the coffee commercial. But, today, this very day, you can have joy and be glad because God has made this day for us to live. When you wake up tomorrow, stretch, sense God, and smile. It will be a day that He has made.