Ever have a day when nothing seems to go right? It starts out with something small, like maybe forgetting where you put the car keys (don’t ask me how I know that). Then, the domino effect takes over and circumstances seem so bleak that nothing even remotely positive will come out of the day. And, the hope of tomorrow becomes the only escape from today’s overwhelmingly difficult situations.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why are we so easily defeated? Maybe it’s not because we are too pessimistic, but rather because we try to be too optimistic. If you are like me, I can put enormous pressure on myself to handle whatever life throws at me with composure and fortitude, rather than facing the reality that in a fallen world, nothing will ever be perfect.
We can treat our spiritual health the same way. When we don’t set aside quiet time the morning for prayer, we immediately treat it as if it were a “cheat day” on a diet: assuming the damage is already done and we’ll just have to get it right tomorrow. When that happens, I think God looks at us as says “HELLO! Today is still here!” After all, He’s given us many examples in the Bible of His power to transform miserable days into joyous ones. Scripture records Jesus performing dozens of miracles. Some of the most notable were raising people from the dead, on what had to be their family’s worst day of their life. John tells us Jesus did many other incredible things as well, too numerous to cover in his Gospel (John 21:25). So, we can only imagine what He did to make things work out for his followers. And He will do the same for us. Every single day, the Holy Spirit will comfort and encourage us to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles we face. But, only if we believe.
Unlike our human instincts, God doesn’t want us to rush through our bad days. He wants us to use them as an opportunity to lean on Him, so we can learn that He and He alone is what we need for fulfillment. Every bad day we have is actually a chance for us to grow more intimate with Him. And as our trust in God develops, we are then able to help others to find comfort in Him as well. So, the next time you’re having a bad day, don’t wish it away. Pause and ask God to for help. Because, it’s never too late for God to bring goodness out of a situation you are in.
As we go through the week, may we pray to our God of compassion to comfort us, so we can comfort others in trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from Him.
Adapted from a July 7, 2019 Fox News commentary.