#39 "What A Difference A Day Makes!"
"..and Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with you and go look for the donkeys." and "Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul's head and kissed him, saying, "Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance?" (1 Samuel 9:3 and 1 Samuel 10:1)
What a difference a day makes. Saul went out on a mission to find his father's lost donkeys and the next day Samuel anointed him to be king over Israel. Little did he know that while he was traveling and making his way to see Samuel "so that he will tell us what way to take" (1 Samuel 9:8), God was working on his behalf by revealing to Samuel that a man was coming who he would anoint leader over Israel. Saul couldn't see it, he didn't know about it. God was working and things changed suddenly in a day.
David was keeping his father's sheep. Out in the pasture, he had no idea that a man of God was back at home with his father and brothers searching for the Lord's anointed one. Called in from his work, Samuel pronounced David the one and anointed him in the presence of his brothers. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power. (see 1 Samuel 16:13) God had sent Samuel. From the beginning of time God had chosen David to be king. God was working and things changed suddenly in a day. What a difference a day makes.
Joseph was in Pharaoh's dungeon, accused of raping Potiphar's wife. Unjustly accused and forgotten by his fellow prisoner who promised to remember him when he was released. But Pharaoh had a dream. His friend remembered him. Joseph was brought to Pharaoh and interpreted the dream. He was then put in charge of the whole land of Egypt, second in command only to Pharaoh. Joseph went from the pit to the palace in one day. The Bible tells us that at every stage of Joseph's journey, God was with him. Even when it didn't feel like He was. God was working and things changed suddenly in a day. What a difference a day makes.
Would you allow me to go further? Moses was living on the back side of a mountain with the riches of Egypt far behind him when he had a burning bush experience and his life was changed forever. Gideon was threshing a small harvest of wheat, hiding in fear from the Midianites when God pronounced him a "mighty man of valor". Sons, shepherds, farmers, prisoners....going about normal days with no idea that God was working and things were going to change suddenly in a day. What a difference a day makes.
In one day, a teenaged girl named Mary went from being a normal adolescent looking forward to her upcoming marriage to her love, Joseph, to carrying the Christ child in her womb. Simon and Andrew went to work one morning, making their living as fishermen, just like every other day. By the end of the day they would become "fishers of men". Paralytics walking. Blind men seeing. The deaf hearing. The lame, dancing. In a day. Famous Christian killer, Saul of Tarsus, carrying letters allowing him to arrest those who followed Christ, was riding down the road to Damascus when light from heaven flashed around him. Knocked off of his horse and blinded, he became Christianity's greatest preacher and writer. All in a day. God was working and things changed suddenly in a day. What a difference a day makes.
One more, if you'll let me. On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, full of grief, made her way to the tomb where Christ had been laid. Those she left behind were also grieving and hiding from the authorities. The Bible says that "she saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance." She told the others. Angels appeared. Then Jesus. Right in front of her, in all of His glory. Alive! From grief to abundant joy! All in a day. God was working and things changed suddenly in a day. What a difference a day makes. I could go on and on but I think you get the point. Watch for these types of "one day" stories as you read the word. There are so many more.
I don't think that I need to expound much on the message here. Let the Bible itself speak to you about the potential that is in one day. And remember that God is no respecter of persons. What He did for them, He will do for you. I don't know where you woke up this morning. I don't know what impossible situation you are facing today. But God is telling you in His Word that He is working and things could change suddenly in a day...today! What a difference a day makes!