Joshua 5:12 (NIV): “The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.”
Pearl Harbor one day at peace and the other at war. World Trade Center one day tranquil and no worries and the next day the world is in shambles and disarray. The space shuttle Challenger is bragging about the space program and the next day the world is in mourning. For almost two weeks we are having spring/summer like weather and the first work day of the new year we experience a forty degree drop into winter. One day we are breathing freely and the next day we are looking for a surgical mask. When you read today’s text, you note the incredible changes that occurred. For 40 years, the Israelites lived in tents, followed a cloud, picked up daily meals from the ground and listened to Moses. Then the manna stopped, and the next day they ate the produce of the land. Conversion is like that. Massive change. Things are different. One day you are a prodigal the next day you’re wearing the ring and robe of the king. One day you are unforgiven, lost; the next day, free and found; one day an orphan, the next day adopted into the grand family of God. Commitment to God is a statement of willingness to be changed, and that change prepares me to celebrate. One day we sentenced to death but the next day after Jesus Christ’s Resurrection from the tomb we are saved!
For the first time in the Promised Land, Israel celebrated the Passover. It’s one of six times we know they celebrated the Passover; but even in the celebration, there is change. Instead of recalling the journey out of Egypt, this celebration celebrated the nation. It recalled the promises of God to create a nation, a people of His very own. The church continues the celebration through the Lord’s Supper. We remember we, too, were rescued from slavery, carried through the waters and set free in a new land. That freedom warrants celebration.
What a difference a day makes. It was a brisk spring day. Sallie had given her life to Christ and was to be immersed in the icy waters of the Kilchis River. She and husband were shaking as they took their confession of faith. She gasped for air as she arose from the snow-fed waters. The solemn occasion erupted as she decided she wanted to change her life forever. Let this new year be the year that you change. Why not today?
What a difference a day makes. One day you are undecided, not fully committed, hardly changed. The next, you’re a committed follower of Jesus, experiencing life change that is hard to explain. You celebrate change. You celebrate with thanksgiving in your prayers. You celebrate at the Lord’s Supper in remembering your journey. You celebrate in your witness as friends see and hear about what God is doing in your life. Every day is precious and you can change your life in an instant. What a difference a day can make your new year and rest of your life.
Earl W. Hughes Jr. is Director/Founder of Works of Faith Ministries.