Have you ever had a really bad day? A day where you wish you hadn’t even gotten out of bed? I’ve had a few of those days, but even my worst day can hardly compare to the bad day Haman was having recorded in the 6th and 7th chapters of the book of Esther. Haman got up bright and early to ask the king if he can hang Mordecai the Jew on the 75th foot gallows he was having built for that purpose. Only he finds himself later that day leading Mordecai the Jew around the city on the horse of honor declaring, “This is what is done for the man the King delights to honor!” (5:9b). But his day gets worse from there when he goes to a special banquet prepared by Queen Esther for King Xerxes and Haman. It is there that Esther reveals to the King that Haman is plotting the murder of her people and by implication her own death as well. Woe, what a bad day. From there Haman is quickly ushered out and hung on the 75ft gallows he had built for the hanging of Mordecai the Jew. What an irony. Your worst day could hardly compare to Haman’s day for a worst day.
So what do we make of bad days anyway? Well Haman is an example of a person who lived his life without God. He had no interest in the God of the universe or in God’s people and wanted to kill them even as some want to do today. But I wonder how many bad days in our lives are the result of us neglecting to start the day with the Lord and yielding ourselves to Him. How many of our bad days are the result of forgetting that this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it.
I remember a number of years ago going to visit Washington DC with my mom and daughter. That day everything was just a little off. I missed the turn to DC and ended up in Virginia. We got on the wrong tram to tour the city and the hotel refused the discount coupon my mom had. Many other examples could be mentioned but when I bowed to pray before bed that night, I realized that in our hurry to get to DC I had neglected my morning devotions or even to pray for God’s wisdom and safety that day. It is so easy living in this day of speed and haste to live like a practical atheist, separating God from the everyday decisions and tempo of life. And yet, how many of our bad days and bad decisions are the result of going out and facing the day in our own strength and in our own wisdom. I hope that you will not neglect to come before the Lord daily, seeking His guidance, strength and wisdom.
Yes, bad days will come but when they do let us make sure we are walking with Jesus who invited us to come to Him with our burdens and to cast all our cares upon Him.
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Rich Sivo