And there was evening, and there was morning…
For the nation of Israel the day began at sundown – and this is surely why! God created everything and the text begins day one, etc., with ‘evening.’ Maybe this is because creation began with darkness. Hmmm… The first sun break was when God created light.
I adopt this understanding of a day, even though it goes against conventional thought. Technically the day begins at midnight. That’s why I stayed up until then to see the new year in – but I could have celebrated at sundown! Now that’s an idea! For me, if the day is going to be effective and useful it must begin well, meaning that I must get to bed early and get plenty of sleep and when I wake I can join Him in what He is doing this day. The day does not begin with my waking up – which is typical thought. The day begins the night before and how I begin the day will dictate how well it goes. If I stay up late, good things (like devotions) will be stolen from my day. “There was evening and morning, the first day.”
Father, thank You for Your creative power and for creating me. You breathed into me the breath of life and I’m alive because of You. You have also given me new life in Jesus. Again, only from You. My life is Yours. Use me as You will today and this new year.