Ever had a bad day? Oh, yes! A recent poll of 2,000 Americans indicated that they had 60 bad days a year, which translates to at least one bad day each week. We’ve all had days where things have gone wrong: your car battery dies, an appointment takes much longer than planned, you sit on your glasses, or the lunch you ate turns sour. Recently, I had a bad morning as I traveled around Bakersfield running errands. By the time I had finished, I realized that I had hit almost every red light along the way. As a patience-challenged guy, this was the essence of a bad day.
So what to do? The world offers many counters to a bad day such as release your negative feelings, go for a long drive, create a gratitude list, simply vent, retail therapy (new shoes anyone?), or sign up for a meditation class. These all may have some merit, but I propose when you are experiencing a bad day that the best solution is focusing on our Lord and His promises. So be encouraged with the following:
In Zephaniah 3:17 we read that “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.” This verse is remarkable because it says God himself will rejoice over you with gladness. If God’s people seek and follow and trust him, even in the midst of trials or a “bad day,” then God personally delights in them. It’s a celebration!
Often a bad day exacerbates our worry and anxiety. But we are commanded not to worry. The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Notice that the result of obeying this command is the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” So instead of worrying about a bad day or a difficult situation in your life, give it to God and, as a result, receive the peace of God. This is a no-brainer: Unnecessary worry or the peace of God, what shall it be? Obviously, we would all take the peace of God in our lives over worry.
Believers rejoice not only in future glory but in present trials and sufferings and even petty bad mornings. Romans 5:3-4 says “…but we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” We are to rejoice in trials not because they are pleasant (they certainly are not!), but because they produce a step-by-step transformation that make us more like Christ.
Finally, Jesus sums it all up and gives us encouragement to face the troubles that occur in our life by His words in John 16:33 which say, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” In the midst of the suffering and hardship we are facing or will be facing, we can have peace through fellowship with Christ. We all have bad days, or are facing a difficult time in our life, but we have assurance that the Lord is with us and is using these difficult situations to transform us to be more like Him. Amen!