I’m not gonna lie.
Today was a bad day.
It was a horrible, no-good, very bad day.
I won’t go into the details, but basically I had an awful day at work; and I felt like the world was against me. Nothing I did felt good enough. I didn’t feel like I could please anyone. I wanted to go home, curl up in a ball, and never come back.
I know you’ve had days like this. You’ve probably had days where you’ve felt betrayed and annoyed and hopeless and just wanted to go to heaven.
This world isn’t getting any better. You and I both know that. People seem to be getting meaner and more evil and more self-centered.
But there is one good thing about having a bad day:
You can see how good God is.
And we need to cling to this truth because it’s the only truth we have that will not disappoint us.
Yes, right now I feel like the world is a very cruel place.
But God, in His goodness, promised me a perfect place.
God, in His goodness, promised me He’d never be cruel.
He promised to always love me—even when this world hates me.
He promised to never leave me—even when this world abandons me.
He promised to always fight for me—especially when this world fights against me.
The good thing about bad days is that we can be truly thankful for the kindness of Jesus.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
It’s true that you can’t run from your problems. You can’t hide from the evil people of this world. Selfishness and cruelty are everywhere.
But we have a God Who loves us. He wants us. He treasures us.
You won’t feel loved, wanted, or treasured by the people of this world. They just want to run you over to get what they want, but God doesn’t. He is so much greater than this sinful world.
Immerse yourself in who God says you are. When you get home from an awful day at work, read three chapters of your Bible. (I would also recommend a good, long cry and a bowl of cookie dough ice cream topped with sour gummy worms.) If you don’t feel better, read three more chapters of His Word. Talk to God and tell Him how you feel. Thank Him that He is listening.
And don’t forget to hold your chin up.
Don’t get so depressed about a bad day that you can’t smile tomorrow. It’s easy just to see a big, black cloud hanging over your life after you’ve had a rough day. But God says He’s not finished yet. You never know what tomorrow will be like. Give God a chance to work and move in your life.
Bad days happen. People are selfish. The world is messy.
But never forget that God will love you for eternity.
(And don’t forget save me a gummy worm!)