Weekly Devotionals – 16 November 2020

Recently, my son frequently exclaims gleefully, “This is the best day of my life!” whenever something good happens to him. It can be eating a dessert, celebrating a family member’s birthday, going for an outing, receiving a new toy, going for a staycation, daddy reading bedtime stories, or mommy cooking a special meal, so on and so forth. As you can see, there are multiple reasons as to why a particular day can be deemed as the best day for a 6-year-old boy. Amazingly, the reasons that made his day are exceedingly simple. His declaration speaks volume about his contentment and joy. To him, even the simple provisions and blessings bring tremendous delight to him.
This is how the Lord wants us to be like every day too.

The Lord wants us to REJOICE!
Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” No matter what circumstances or situations we are in, there are reasons to rejoice. Some of us may be going through trials, sufferings, temptations, and persecutions, and I have no intent to undermine or trivialise these difficulties, but I wish to lovingly turn your eyes upward to Jesus. We can rejoice in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. We can rejoice that Jesus will eventually rule over all things, and our temporal sufferings precedes His glory. We can rejoice that our sufferings are training us in our character, resilience, and our eternal hope. We can rejoice in the hope that God will fulfill His promises to turn every trial that we face to eternal good. Our sufferings will eventually give way to all the blessings God has promised for His children. Jesus is the reason why we can rejoice today and every day.
Our happiness is not meant to be found in meaningless pursuits or pleasures of the flesh. God’s idea of happiness for us is real deep joy that can only be found in Jesus Christ!

The Lord wants us to BE CONTENTED!
The amount of faith we have in Christ is evidenced by our level of contentment. Do we believe that God will supply all of our needs? Is Christ more prized to us than the abundance of all our possessions? God wants us to be content in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11-12). When we place our faith in God, we can have full confidence that He will supply all our needs in the present and future. When our hearts are content in the Lord, no amount of provisions by Him is too little or meagre. Every blessing is a reason to break out in praise and thanksgiving to God!

The Lord wants us to PRAISE HIM!
Have you ever wondered why we praise the Lord, and why it is important to do so? Psalm 150:6 says “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” Psalm 148 also shows that all of creation is to give praise to God. When God receives our praises, He does not receive it in a narcissistic way that men are prone to. If God was narcissistic, He would not subject Himself to the humiliation at the cross, willingly paid the penalty of our sins, and sacrificed His life in exchange for ours. When we praise God, we are expressing our delight of and in Him. Every time we declare God’s goodness over our lives, we are praising Him. More importantly, God is worthy of all praises!
So one day, after my son declared charmingly that the day was the best day of his life again, I told him seriously that he was teaching me something very valuable, and I will learn to be more like him. Our praises unto Jesus must continually arise no matter how our days were, and every new day shall be the best day of our lives. We will purpose to live with contentment and gratitude. We will rejoice and be thankful for everything! By faith and with faith, we will declare, “Today is the best day of my life!”