“Every Day Is Significant – There Are No Wasted Days”
The 2nd Day of Advent
November 28, 2022
“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law” (Galatians 4.4).
This verse reminds us that every day is essential to God. “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son.” I think of all those days, weeks, months, years, and centuries from the Old Testament to the New Testament. God was in every one of them counting them one by one until the appointed day arrived. Although He is timeless and eternal, He made every day, He made every person in those days, and He nurtures us and His plan through every one of those days. Galatians 4.4 teaches me that when the exact appointed day came, He sent the angel of the Lord (Gabriel) to Zacharias and then the angel Gabriel again to announce the birth of His Son to Mary.
Mary discovered that every day is a link in the chain of God’s daily purposes and faithfulness to us. God, help us to discover the freshness of Your presence and purposes every day. When God brought Vicki into my life, every day changed thereafter. When those 3 little people God entrusted to us were born into our lives, every day changed. On the days that our two daughters were given in marriage to two godly men, everything changed. When our 6 grandchildren were born, they were reminders again that every day is a gift of God. When challenges, disappointments, and hardships face us, God is working through them every day of our lives. From the day of our birth through the day of our death, every day is eternally valuable and purposeful.
Think of it this way. Since April 29, 1949, I have lived approximately 26,520 days. God has been working in very one of those days. Every day has been, is, and will be a link in the chain of God’s faithfulness to me and to each one of us.
We may often feel as if we didn’t accomplish anything today. We may feel that our lives are a mess and we make little or no contribution to the work of God. We may even wonder if God has forgotten us.
This is precisely why the psalmist cries out, “This is the day that the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118.24). God is at work today.
This truth is an incredible reminder of God’s faithfulness in our lives. Through the change, chaos, and losses of Covid over the past two years, God is still the same. He is at work just as He has always been. The world may suffer (consider the suffering of Ukraine) but He still brings peace through His presence (Psalm 46.10). The God who was at work in Joseph’s life when he was betrayed and sold by His brothers into Egypt (Genesis 37) is still the same God who was at work in the “fulness of time” when Jesus was born and in all the events of 2022
Every day is significant – there are no wasted days. We will celebrate the birth of Christ in 27 more days. This is the story of Christmas. Advent is the reminder of this truth. Let’s take hope in our God and His work in our lives.
Maybe that’s why I love the prayer of Meses the man of God.
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90.12).
We count down the days until Christmas (there are 27), and in every one of those days God is at work.
Happy 2nd day of Advent.