It is only January 5th of 2022, but a bad day has already shown up, and you are discouraged. Is this your situation? If it is, let’s remember that if you follow Jesus, then He is with you. He loves you. You need not fret or allow your spirit to be troubled. Bad days are a reminder of how dependent we are to be on Jesus. They are not a commentary on how life really is.
Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Often bad days are full of lies. They are meant to discourage you. While there usually is something to learn from a bad day, it is not a reason to give up hope, lose faith in God, or believe that a plan He’s made clear to you has ended. A bad day isn’t that serious. Try to keep your perspective because the same God who is with you before and through the bad day is with you beyond the bad day! Praise the Lord! Last night in a devotional piece by Amy Carmichael, I read this reflection:
“And if the day ends in what seems like failure, don’t fret. Tell Him about it. Tell Him you are sorry. Even so, don’t be discouraged. All discouragement is of the devil.”.
She went on to say this…
Then let your soul hang on Him. “My soul hangeth upon Thee” (Ps. 63:9, PBV)—not upon my happiness in prayer, but just upon Thee. Tell Him you are sorry, and fall back on the old words: “Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee” (John 21:17)—unworthy as I am. Let these words comfort your heart: “The Lord . . . lifteth up all those that are down” (Ps. 145:14, PBV). “Cast not away . . . your confidence” (Heb. 10:35); there is a “great recompense of reward” waiting for you a little later on.
Carmichael, Amy. Edges of His Ways (p. 243). CLC Publications. Kindle Edition
There are a few other things to remember after a bad day:
1. God is still working even if your bad day was a direct consequence of your actions, a sin against God or another person. If it is because of another, then forgive them now. Move on.
2. God sings over you, and He is the lifter of your head. Zephaniah 3:17 says,
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
You may not be singing, but He is. That is a mystery to me, but I choose to believe it.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3
3. God is your hope. A bad day is not a predictor of the future. Go to Him in prayer. Sing a hymn. The devil is not coming around anyone singing to Jesus. Determine to focus on Jesus.
It’s a new year. Your emotions are not telling you truth. Turn to scripture for truth, and keep trusting God and putting all your hope in Him.
Happy New Year!
© Valerie Rumfelt
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