Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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I'm one of those morning people. You know, the kind the Bible is talking about when it says, "If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse" (Proverbs 27:14). I love that verse. Even if you can't stand us morning people, you have to admit that there are some advantages to those early hours of the day, getting started on things before there are interruptions, beating the world to the punch, and best of all, those sunrises. I've got a nice view out the east window of my study, and I never tire of watching that sun start to climb above the trees. Sure, once in a while I can't see the sun rising. I may be feeling sick or well, excited or "blah," up or down. But take it from a long-time early morning eyewitness, that sun always rises.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Never a Day Without a Sunrise."
For me, those sunrises are a visible symbol of a spiritual fact that is really "make it or break it" truth for your life and mine, that God Himself lights every new day, no matter what that day holds. And days are God's fundamental building blocks in our life.
Our word for today from the Word of God is only seven words. But at the beginning of this year, I asked our whole team to build the year on this promise. Zephaniah 3:5 simply says, "Every new day, He will not fail." Maybe I could just read that over and over for the rest of our time together. I mean it's what makes every day - every day - doable. Your co-workers will fail you some days, your boss will, your family will, your mate will, your church, fellow believers, even spiritual leaders. But "every new day, He will not fail."
I'm so glad God has based some of His central promises on daily delivery, because we don't experience our life as weeks, or months, or years. What do we do? We do a day, and so does God. He meets our needs in the form of "daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). "His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). All you have to do each morning is grab your mercy basket and go pick up what you need, just like that Old Testament manna. In Psalm 68:19, we're told that God is our "Savior, who daily bears our burdens." That's a good thing, because that's how we experience our burdens isn't it - the weight of this particular day.
Deuteronomy 33:25 promises us that "your strength will equal your days." You will never have a day for which you do not have matching strength, even if some days give you more to carry than you've ever carried before. The Apostle Paul tells us one big reason why we never need to "lose heart." In his words, he says, "Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." So, no matter how battered you got yesterday, God has promised that He will give you a renewing, rejuvenating, re-energizing touch each new day.
Look, some days you're going to wake up anxious. Some days you're going to wake up dreading the day. Some days you're going to be excited about what's ahead. Other days you're going to be overwhelmed by what's ahead, or some days you may be discouraged, or eager, or exhausted. But however you are, no matter what that day holds, the sun is going to come up again. It always does. And God is going to light this day, no matter what. So why don't you claim God's seven-word guarantee for yourself. In fact, say it with me now because you need to hear yourself say it. "Every new day, He will not fail!"