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The Perfect Day
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In my Bible reading this morning, I came across the verse that says, “The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18).

Several things got my attention as I read the verse over and over. First, it speaks of the path of the just. Or the justified. When one is justified, she is found forgiven. Redeemed. New. The old wrongs have been erased through a supernatural arrangement between God and her called grace.

Then it says that the path of the just is like the shining sun. So, obviously, to be just is to be in the light. And it shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Ah! The perfect day. That's the part that really gave me joy.

How many perfect days have you had lately? What is a perfect day for you? Can you even define it? How many times have you enjoyed the beginning of a perfect day only to have it take a turn to something very imperfect? Or maybe you can think of some perfect days. Even so, a closer look probably reveals that they are perfect only in comparison to other less perfect days, and not absolutely perfect in themselves.

Planned by Jesus

I don't mean to sound negative. To the contrary, if we can consider a day perfect, that's great! But we should recognize that any perfect days we have in this life are only joyful steps toward the final perfect day, which marks the beginning of Eternity. And what makes that day perfect? No doubt there will be many ingredients to that recipe, but the bottom line of what makes it perfect is that there will be no more imperfect days. No more frustrations or heartache or fatigue. No more separation and no more good-byes! That perfect day is being planned by Jesus now. I imagine that He is inventing something every day that will make it even more special for each one of us.

Next time you step outside and feel the warm air and fresh breeze and sunshine falling on your shoulders, go ahead and embrace it. You might even say, “It's a perfect day today!” But while you're embracing it, spend some moments thinking about the ultimate perfect day when Jesus comes to take us to be with him. Your day will be even better!

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