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Today is the day the Lord has made!
Katie Augustine
by Katie Augustine
April 1, 2024

Do you ever shop at Aldi? With four small, seemingly always hungry kids at home, I sure do! 

One of my favorite things about Aldi are their eggs. Not only are they usually a great price, but on the inside of every carton there is a cheerful Bible verse: “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 ESV). 

I love that! I love that Aldi’s egg distributor has kept that Bible verse on the packaging for many years despite pushback (you can find many people who are angry about Aldi eggs “preaching” to them with a simple Google search). I love that it is often the first Bible passage I read in the morning, a perspective-altering nudge as I grumpily make breakfast before my kids head off to school. I love to read that message every day because I need to be reminded of that simple truth. Every. Single. Day.

We humans are a shortsighted, short-minded group.

We just celebrated Easter, the most triumphant, beautiful day of the Christian calendar. It is the fulfillment of thousands of years of faith, the reason why we can live out our days on earth with hope. The fact that Jesus, true God and true man, existed, lived a perfect life, died the death we deserve, and rose again to complete our heavenly Father’s exacting requirements for a sinless life is insane. It makes no human sense whatsoever! 

We give God nothing—less than nothing, really, as we break his holy laws day in and day out—and he gives us everything! He gives our lives meaning. He gives us a reason to be joyful in an ever-darkening world. He gives us life, not just now but forever. We will never not be with God because of what Jesus did for us! We get to go to heaven! This world is not all there is! We are loved forever! There is joy waiting for us that we can’t comprehend. Easter is a victory party, the best and deepest happiness. As the apostle Paul wrote in the “resurrection” chapter of 1 Corinthians 15: “‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (verses 55-57). 

As we shout Hallelujah! in our flower-bedecked churches, filled with peace that only the Holy Spirit can give, it’s easy to agree with the psalm writer and declare, “This is the day the LORD has made.” It’s much harder to believe that truth when we get an unexpected bill, lose a relationship, or fail a test. How many of us would get a bad diagnosis and cheerfully shout, “Hooray! This is the day the LORD has made!” I think we can be painfully fickle. We praise God when times are good and complain when times are bad. 

An Old Testament believer named Job has much to teach us about this. Though his wife encouraged him to “curse God and die” when all of Job’s children were killed and all of his livestock were stolen or burned up on the same day (arguably the worst day that any of us could imagine), Job replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:9,10).

Good day, bad day—we can rejoice in both! 

Though our circumstances in life may change, Easter truths do not. We are saved forever through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8). Even though we are guaranteed to have trouble in our lives, God has overcome it (John 16:33). God is always working in the lives of believers to show his glory and bring them good (Romans 8:28), and God will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). 

Someday we will live with our Savior in heaven, and it will be Easter every day! Knowing all this, we can join with Job to say, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27). 

You might need to start buying your eggs at Aldi so you can read Psalm 118:24 on the regular—but regardless, today and tomorrow and every day, God is our Savior. May we rejoice and live in our Easter joy every day!

P.S. This post is not sponsored by Aldi 😉