I am sitting on the XPT just out of Dubbo, having just spent 4 days with my wife, visiting our granddaughter in Broken Hill. The nine hour bus trip to and from that fascinating, historic Outback town, watching the sun set on the first west-bound leg, and rise on the homeward, east-bound leg, as well as watching the beautiful panoramic sunset from Mundi Mundi Plains when we were there, caused me to reflect on the way our good and loving God has organised our lives into short, ‘manageable’, 24-hour modules.

I think of verses in Scripture, like: “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat - for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psalm 127:2); “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34); “The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed. Then Moses said to them, ‘No one is to keep any of it until morning.’” (Exodus 16:17-19); “Give us each day our daily bread.” (Luke 11:3); “The ravens brought [Elijah] bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” (1 Kings 17:6); “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23); etc.

The fact that the planet earth rotates around its axis once every 24 hours is no chance ‘accident’ of some so-called, hypothetical, impersonal ‘Big-Bang’ billions of years ago. It is the careful design of a loving God who planned from the very beginning to make it the ‘home’ of the beings he would create in his own image and likeness in order to love, care for, and ultimately redeem by his own precious blood. It is especially helpful for students, teachers and parents to see the 24-hour day as the blessed gift of our gracious God: to make sure we get the nightly rest/sleep ‘he grants to those he loves’; to see each morning as a ‘new start’ with the foolish sins of yesterday forgiven and ‘removed’/blotted out, because Jesus died (cf Psalm 32:1-2, 5; 103:12; Isaiah 53:5-6); to benefit from the manageable modules of 24 hours as we struggle under the burden of seemingly countless obligations and responsibilities; to trust God, as Paul did, to “meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). “Yesterday God helped me. Today he’ll do the same. How long will this continue? Forever; praise his name!”

Bruce Christian.