This is the Day

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.

 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

    Tell me, if you understand.
 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
 On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt’?

“Have you ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place…Job 38:1-12

I have had an unreasonable amount of anxiety about the end of summer and return to the overly full schedule of the school year.  I don’t feel like I can sustain its pace and feel a mixture of fear and guilt that I have allowed our days to look as fast paced and absent of space for stillness, slow relationships, contemplation, unhurried living.  It feels like we have fallen prey to an American norm that is dehumanizing in its demands.

And then God reminded me that I did not author our schedule, He did.

How quickly I forget His sovereignty.  How quickly I forget His design.  How quickly I assume the power to thwart His will or to resist it.  How quickly I assume life can be lived apart from Him, as if parallel.  But good and evil, righteous and wicked, are all subject to His domain.

Practically, what this means for me is that I can trust today to His good purposes.  Nothing will occur today that He hasn’t approved.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Gen 50:20

This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. Acts 2:23

Even our deliberately wrong behavior, unexcused and identified for its wicked intent, is under God’s authority and made subject to His work of redemption in us and the world around us.  Can I not then trust Him with arguably milder seasons that seem stressful to me?  His rescue and intention, after all, is often not to snatch us from the fiery furnace but instead to be present with us in it.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col. 3:15

What if each new day I could be ruled by Christ’s peace rather than my anxieties?  What a better boss of me to whom I should submit, peace rather than fear.  What if rather than just a happy old song, I really grabbed hold of the truth that this is the day that the Lord has made and therefore I can be glad and rejoice in it, no matter what it holds?