Spiritual Balm for Bad Days

Bad day_2Has it been, or do you anticipate it becoming, “One of those days?” Did some unexpected news completely rip the carpet out from underneath your comfortable feelings of security and desired expectations? Perhaps your life for the past few hours felt like you were treading through a labyrinth built by walls of discouragement? Has a “bad day” snowballed into a prolonged “bad” week, month or year due to circumstances that are completely out of your control to avoid or change?
Colossians 1:11-14 is one of many helpful balms or spiritually healing cures that the Spirit provides for the unexpected feelings of insecurity, worry, or discouragement that many times raid and plunder our soul’s focus on Gospel truth and reality:
May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 
Several worship-driving truths jump out of this healing and Gospel-aligning passage:
  • Strengthened — Our strength is not based on our own willpower but on God’s awesome and unrivaled power. This divine empowering provides us with patient endurance that is dependent on the joy that Gospel truth creates.
  • Giving thanks — We can give thanks directly to our Father because He has given us access through His Gospel power. At any time, in any place, in any circumstance–we can worship God instantly and personally.
  • Qualified — Our Father has sufficiently qualified us as full beneficiaries in His inheritance of life-giving light.
  • Delivered & transferred — Our Father has saved, rescued, and transferred us from Satan’s damning jurisdiction into the Kingdom of Jesus, a Kingdom that makes us as equally beloved by God as His Son.
  • Redemption & forgiveness — We have been taken off Hell’s slave block through the forgiveness of God’s mercy and grace. Inversely, we have been forgiven from all sin through the shattering of our sinful chains of slavery to sin and replacing them with justification’s robes of light.

Had a bad day? Worship! Why? Because if you are a child of the King then no unexpected circumstance, no health situation, no relationship struggle, no “other creature” (as Paul says in Romans 8:39) will separate you from the positional truth of Colossians 1:11-14. If you are IN CHRIST then every day is actually a very good day.  Even if unexpectedly tragic things take place for you at a pace rivaling that of Job’s epic experience, worship never takes a day off in the hearts of God’s children because His grace never stops washing over them like waves on an infinite seashore of hope and ultimate security.

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