Can you believe that 2014 is gone? It has disappeared into eternity past never to be relived again. When we remember the events of our personal lives that unfolded in 2014, I am sure it is for us all bitter sweet memories. We all went through circumstances that we wished hadn’t happened and events that brought joy and praise to God from our hearts. We all can be very thankful that God doesn’t let us know all of what we are going to face on January 1st of the up and coming year. That would only cause us to fret about the difficult days and they, in turn, would overshadow the joy in the coming year. Besides that, God doesn’t give us the grace to live each day until that day is upon us.
It is so interesting to me that God’s focus in the Word of God seems to be, in regards to our time, a daily or day-by-day emphasis. I Psl. 90:12, God says, “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The word “number” means count, prepare or appoint. Thus God is telling us to plan each day so we can become more wise living here in this present world. God continues this spiritual perspective in Eph. 5:16 when He says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Here God is telling us to take each day, one day at a time, and move that day from the evil bracket to a day that has been purchased for the kingdom of God. In other words, take each of your days, one day at a time, and make it a day that brings glory to God.
Then God, via Christ’s sermon on the mount, takes another aspect of time and gives us a warning about our days. In Matt. 6:34, Christ says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” God now gives us a warning about dwelling on tomorrow by not worrying over tomorrow. What God is saying is to focus on today. In all three of these verses, God is telling us to plan to take each day as it comes and bring glory to God in that day you are living in. What we must learn is far simpler in words than it is in actions, but what the scriptures counsel us to do is every morning to plan how you can bring glory to God in that day He has allowed us to live. Now! You say, “How do I do that Pastor?” Well, I am glad yo asked. A good start to planning the day is prayer and the reading of the scriptures. But that is only the first step. A next step is to magnify God to those around you by acknowledging God by thanking Him or praising Him. And yet another great way is to give out a tract to someone in your sphere of ministry. Remember, redeeming the day is you and me taking that day and, somehow, for the glory of God, injecting spiritual value into it.
Redeeming the Days,