why don’t I rejoice in the day? Why is my soul cast down? Why do I let adversity beat me? What reason do I have to rejoice when life treats me unfairly, when day after day circumstance doesn’t change? Why do I grumble, have pity parties, murmur, criticize and condemn those things which cause discomfort? After all…
“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
It’s not always easy to look at a day of trouble and rejoice. It’s hard to watch a child suffer, a mother grieve, a widow cry, an elderly person lose all semblance of dignity. It’s difficult to sing a song of harmonious joy when the piano needs tuning, the house burns down, the struggle with sin is lost. However…
that is not the point in rejoicing and being glad. The point is not the circumstances which surround us. It’s not the heartache we are enduring. It’s not the sadness we feel, nor the grief we bear. It’s the fact that life is precious…that God is great…that no matter how bad things get, the LORD is still making days. He is still creating air to breathe, bees to pollinate, seeds to die and give birth to new life to feed us again and again.
So often we tend to look at the darkest part of every cloud. We fail to remember that God is in charge. He knows what He is doing. He cares more about us than we care about ourselves. He knows what it takes to bring us closer to Him, to depend upon Him, to find the perfect peace that passes all understanding. He knows our every thought and every motive. He knows the desires of our hearts–the true desires. He knows how much we can endure.
When we rejoice in a day the LORD makes, it doesn’t mean we are rejoicing and glad for the negative, troubling things we face. However, even James tells us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
God in His infinite wisdom is working all things together according to His purpose and glory. As we rejoice in the circumstance, the chains of temporal pain are loosed. The storms of unsettled thoughts are stilled. The agony of bitterness is forgiven. The irritation of being wronged dissolves. Then, my friends, then we will be glad in it. The abandonment we feel is replaced with the presence of God’s love and comfort. We begin to trust Him all the more…our faith grows…and God gets the glory for the day He has made. What a glorious thing to consider.
Will you give God His due praise and adoration today? Will you thank Him for the situation and trust His plan to use it for His unimaginable, incomprehensible, infinite, eternal purpose?