God’s Word for Today: Monday
Numbers 29:17 “On the second day offer twelve young bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect.”
Oh boy, MONDAY. What happened to this last weekend? Saturday was spent with home chores and some rather fun recreation. Sunday was spent with family, friends, and maybe a little extra rest. And then, WHAM here comes good ole Monday.
I have always stated that Tuesday is the difficult day. Monday, you expect everything to be upside down. You expect delays and complications. You have your guard up ready to attack Monday. Then, along comes Tuesday that you are not prepared for. Tuesday slams you back to the reality of a work week. It is such a long way away from Saturday that you can’t begin to focus on another great weekend. You just have to grin and bear Tuesday.
But why is Monday such a challenge? How can taking one day (or 2 days for those who are blessed with a 5-day work week) off from the norm, cause so much disorganization on Monday? I really don’t get it.
If a person has a regular routine of work and kids off to school for 5 days a week, you would think you would be 71.4% (5/7) better than you would on Saturday and Sunday. Even with all that practice, Monday seems to just be, well, difficult. Mathematically, Saturday should be the difficult day. You have your 5-day routine down to a science. Saturday is a change from the norm. Why doesn’t anyone dislike the confusion and disorganization of Saturday? It is a puzzle.
Imagine if we still had to follow the times of the Old Testament. Today’s scripture gives you an idea of what Monday morning will bring. You had Sunday to worship and rest and probably spend a lot of time praying for what is going to happen on Monday. After all, somewhere and somehow, you will need to find 12 young bulls, 2 rams, and 14/1-year-old male lambs, all without defect. Do some of your Mondays feel just like that?
Your Christian walk can often seem like a Monday too. When you receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, it is like a Sunday. You are relieved. The load of your guilt and sin is removed. You rest. You are refreshed. Life is like, perfect.
And then comes the Monday of your new Christian life, or even when you have walked with God for a long time. Somehow and somewhere, Monday shows back up. You thought you were prepared this time. You thought you were now strong enough that by yourself, you could handle a difficult Monday. But, Monday found you, chewed you up, and spit you out. Monday defeated all of those good days.
All the difficulties. All the temptations. All the people who don’t want you to have a clear and cleansed life. All the Mondays of this world that try so very hard to make you forget what happened on that blessed Sunday of your life. Trust me, those Mondays are there every day just waiting to step in the middle of your blessed world.
Today, know that Mondays are going to be there. They are going to try to break you down. If left unchecked, the Mondays of life will defeat you. You can’t avoid them. They will find you. The secret to defending against Monday is simple. Spend time preparing. Gather all that livestock (strength, wisdom, fortitude, peace, forgiveness, understanding, joy, and more strength) you need through daily prayer, bible reading, loving God, and loving your neighbor. Then, Monday will just be another day to receive more of God’s blessings…………….
Prayer: Dear Lord, creator of all 7 days of the week. I thank you for most all of those days. Lord, forgive me for the Mondays that I have let ruin the rest of my week. Today, I pray that you and I together can prepare better. Help me to spend more time with you God, so the Mondays of this world will be manageable. In Jesus’, who sacrificed his life just so my Mondays were better, name I pray. Amen and amen.