Nine times out of ten, God is our spare tire. We need to correct this. Make God your steering wheel instead, as He should be.
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you. (Genesis 28:15)
Are you going through life without a spare tire, only happy if everything goes your way? The problem is the roads are bumpy. There are potholes, unexpected challenges. Without a spare, you’ll get stuck on the side of the road, bitter over the breakup, stressed over the traffic, upset that a coworker left you out. Life is too short to live offended, frustrated, bitter.
This day is a gift. We’re not always going to be here. You have to put your foot down and say, “I am not going to let these same things upset me. I’m going to stay in peace even if the boss is unfair, even if my spouse is grumpy, even if my flight is delayed, even if my coworker is rude. This is the day The Lord has made. I’ve made up my mind I’m going to enjoy it.”
Many of us may have heard this verse over long years. But often, with some of these most popular verses, they can become so familiar to us that we may even miss the deeper meaning and context under which they are written.
So what is the “day” that Psalm 118 makes reference to? Is it the general “every day” that God gives us, or is it referring to a specific day in history?
In Psalm 118, the author is writing about incredible adversity. It’s not written when times are good, but when times are really hard. Situations were changing. The Psalmist cried out to God in anguish, he was surrounded on all sides by the enemy. He felt pushed back, and about to fall. Yet right in the midst of huge struggles shared, this chapter both starts and ends with the same verse, of giving thanks and praise unto God.
“Give thanks to The Lord, for He is good, His Love endures forever.” Psalm 118:29