THIS DAY Andy Hollifield 3-17-19
Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (KJV)
Have you ever thought about the words “this day” in the bible? We’ll to be honest, I hadn’t either until my friend Pastor Terry Sprouse mentioned them on a Wednesday night in church. I made myself a note and to my surprise, those two words are used together 310 times in the bible. As I begin to read the times they had been used, I discovered that a lot of times, as in Genesis 50:20, they are used to signify or declare a victorious outcome. A lot of other times, they are used to establish the longevity of something such as saying “to this day.” I want to look at just a few of the times when it signifies victory.
In Genesis 50:20 the account of Joseph’s life comes to a climax after the death of his Father and his sons had carried his body back to Canaan for burial as Israel had commanded. I guess truthfully the climax was when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers but the happy ending came years later. After Israel had died, Joseph’s brothers were concerned that he would exact revenge on them for their treatment of him when they were young. Verse 20 is probably a great relief to them because now they know they no longer have to live in fear. This verse is kind of the “they lived happily ever after” part of the story of Joseph. Before his death, his brothers came and fell down at his feet in total submission to him just as his dream years earlier had said they would. Joseph by this time was not only the spiritual leader of his people, but had also matured as God’s servant. He could now see that in spite of the twists and turns his life had taken, the Lord had him” in the place of God” (19) to preserve the nation of Israel that his family would eventually become. In verse 20 the words “this day” is a way of saying, “this is what God was doing the whole time of our lives to get us right here.” It is a wonderful thing to be able to look back at events in our lives that weren’t comfortable and were sometimes absolutely heart-breaking and be able to see what God was trying to accomplish all along. It is a blessing and great relief to be able to say, “this is what God was doing the whole time to make things how they are “this day” in my life. Our biggest trials in life are to bring us to “this day” to accomplish God’s purpose.
In Exodus 12:14 the words are used to signify a day that is of utmost importance and needs to be commemorated in the lives of those of us that are born again. It was the night of the passover. “This day” will forever be remembered as the day our life was spared and our sins forgiven because the blood of the lamb was applied to the door posts of our hearts. I’m not talking about the Jewish passover but rather the passover in each of our hearts when sin called for payment and Christ applied his shed blood to our hearts when we accepted him as our Savior. Do you realize that the Israelites, just like us, would have perished that night had they failed to have the blood applied as God had commanded?
One of the greatest victories in the bible was actually declared before the battle had been fought. We all love the account of David slaying Goliath, but did you realize that as he first started crossing the battlefield toward Goliath that he told the giant what was about to happen. Somewhere between the time David crossed the brook to face the giant and when he slew him, he not only got five smooth stones as he crossed over, but along the way he picked up some Holy Ghost boldness that he never had before. You never heard David mouthing at the giant till after he crossed the brook. As David and Goliath came closer to each other, Goliath seen he was only a boy and began to disdain or disrespect David and make fun of him and mock him. In verse 44 David told Goliath in so many words, “Come on I’m going to feed you to the birds and beasts.” He then told him in verse 45, the charges against him and it was that he had defied the God of the armies of Israel. In verse 46 he really spells it out for him. He told him “This day” I’m going to kill you, then chop your head off, and then give you and your army to the birds and beasts. When I’m done with you, the whole world is going to know there’s a God in Israel. He continues in verse 47 and says everybody here will know this is God’s fight and he will give us the victory over you. The rest, as we say, is history.
No doubt David may not have fully understood the significance of the anointing of Samuel on his life. He had probably wondered at times if he was king why he was still out in the field tending sheep. I am sure he kind of got his feelings hurt when his brother began to mouth off at him and he didn’t understand why he was so mad at him. It is evident that he was disappointed to see the entire army of Israel cowering because of one man. There were no doubt a lot of things in David’s life at this point that he couldn’t fully understand. He also didn’t know that all of that had taken place to get him to this day. This literally was “the first day of the rest of his life.” He left home that morning as just a shepherd. He returned home as a hero soldier and would later become the king of Israel and Judah chosen by God. All of that would have never happened or would have looked a lot different if not for “this day.”
You may be in some situations that you can’t understand why you have to go through. They may even have you on the verge of becoming bitter against the Lord. You may be as frustrated as Joseph and just can’t understand what good could possibly come out of the pain and trouble you are enduring. You may be as scared as Israel was leaving Egypt. God is saying move but your situation still looks the same. You want to be obedient and step out on faith but you are afraid of what might lie ahead, afraid of the unknown. Like David and Joseph, try as you may, you just can’t make sense out of anything going on in your life. That’s because God hasn’t gotten you to “this day” in your life yet. “This day” that will surely come when God will exalt you. You may never understand everything but God will get you to “this day” in your life where you can at least see that he truly has been working everything for your good (Romans 8:28). Think of the victory you will be passing up and the joy you will miss out on if you don’t stick with the Lord until “this day” comes in your life. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!