“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24, HSCB).
Did you read those two verses, and wonder how they might go together? Could they possibly be talking about the same subject? “The day of evil” and “the day that the Lord has made” – they kind of sound like polar opposites, don’t they?
I would like to lovingly propose to you that, in fact, they are not. It’s not a case of either/or. Consider this Scripture, as we ponder the matter together:
Yep. All the days. Even the kind of day described in Ephesians 6:13; even the “day of evil.” Those ever-so-less-than-pleasant days were also inscribed into the story He authored before you were born: the story of your life here on Planet Earth.
Have you had one of those days lately? One of those that would fit perfectly into Paul’s category, the “day of evil?” One of those days when the devil is fighting against you tooth and nail? Or maybe you’ve had several of them?
Here is the beautiful news about that. Even if evil is happening right now, this day is still completely in God’s hand. He is in absolute control. Immeasurably, infinitely ahead of time, He saw that strategy the enemy would bring against you. Before you were even born, He had planned exactly how to ultimately use that evil for your overwhelming good.
Daddy God also is right now gazing into the future. He is excitedly previewing the beautiful times that are coming in your life. He is full of joy over how He will fulfill His purposes for you. He knows it will all be fully, fully worth it.
This is why we can follow the instructions He gives to us in Ephesians 6:13. We can stand. In the evil day we can stand because we know…
This is not the devil’s story. Not even on the day of evil. On the contrary! You and I are living out the breathtaking story that Daddy God Himself composed. It was our Creator who “fashioned” every day of our lives (Ps. 139:16, NKJV).
This is the day that the Lord has made. And even though fiery darts may be flying right now, Holy Spirit is here. We can tap into and draw enduring strength from the unexplainable, supernatural joy that He provides in the midst of it all.
Yes, this really is the day that He has made. So, dear one, come on with me – let us rejoice and be glad in it!
How do you, personally, find joy in the “day of evil?”
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