By Oke Chinye
Read: Job 38:12-15
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
very day is a gift from God. It is a privilege to wake up to another day. The psalmist says “I lay down and slept, I awoke, for the Lord sustained me (Psalm 3:5). It’s a 3-step process: first you lie down, next you sleep, and then you wake up. Not everyone enjoys the privilege of all three steps. We hear of instances where people go to bed at night, sleep but do not wake up to see the next day; they die in their sleep. Others lie down but are unable to enjoy a good night sleep. Still yet, there are those who do not even get to lie down. They are harassed by the terrors of the night.
If God sustained you through the night and enabled you to see a day, it is a privilege because it means your assignment on earth is not yet over. Each day comes with its own purpose and work, else it would not exist. Psalm 104:19-23 says:
He (God) appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows it’s going down. You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the beasts of the forest creep about. The young lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God. When the sun rises, they gather together and lie down in their dens. Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening”.
Therefore, esteem each day as a gift from God, be grateful to Him and ask Him to direct your path. Then engage the day fully in a manner that will enable you profit maximally from it. “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good” (Ecclesiastes 11:6). As you live out each day of your life, let God see by your deeds that you are grateful to be alive and a part of the day. Do good to others and put in your best, working diligently at whatever your hand finds to do. Remember that there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you will end up someday. (Ecclesiastes 9:10).