It is easy to look out at the world today and become depressed and discouraged. There is so much going wrong. The thing of it is, there has always been so much going wrong since that first sin in the Garden of Eden. We just have an overwhelming onslaught of news coverage to remind us of how wrong the world is. I’m not saying we should flippantly disregard what we hear and see just because it has always been this way. Rather, I’m suggesting that we take a deep breath and realize that until Christ’s return, things will continue to be wrong. We have a responsibility to attack those problems that we can, but we cannot get worn down about the things we can do nothing about. If we do, we tend to neglect the things we do have sway over. One way to find balance is to remember the promises God has given us, like this one:
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:”Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
– Zephaniah 3:14-17, ESV
Part of this promise has already occurred. Once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord (He always was/is, but we are in rebellion until we surrender), the judgments are removed from us by God Himself. And though evil can harm us in this life, it cannot change our eternal destination. Also, the mighty one to save has come, for Christ went to the Cross so that we might be redeemed from our sins. And with His ascension into heaven the Holy Spirit was delivered to us – God Himself indwelling within us to guide us, strengthen us, and accomplish that which we cannot so long as we are in His will. So while this promise will ultimately reach its full fulfillment with the return of Jesus Christ, there are parts of it today that we can cling on to and remind ourselves that today is better than we might give it credit for.
When you take into account the parts of this great promise that have already been fulfilled, it is us who should be rejoicing and exulting in the greatness and mercy of our Lord. No day is truly lost so long as He is with us. Since He has promised to never, ever leave us, that means every day has something we can look at and say, “Thank you, Lord!” It may be hard for us to find that something, but if we are serious about finding something with which to give God thanks for, we will find it. Even Job was able to find a way to praise the Lord in the midst of his suffering. Therefore, we can, too. If nothing else, we can simply say, “Lord, thank you for my salvation that you are working out in me. I cannot do it without You. I need You and You are here for me. Thank you, my blessed Lord.”
What is there in your life today that you can praise God for? Even the smallest, most insignificant thing in the world’s eyes can be something with which we lift up mighty prayers of thanksgiving and adoration. Today is another day to experience God, to be a part of His will, to be a vital agent of His Kingdom, and to share His love with those around us. What is that you are thankful for? Have you lifted up to Him as sweet incense rising to the heavens? If not, why not do so now?