Today is December 1st, 2013. Now, what is so special about December 1? For one thing, it is the beginning of the last month of the year. It ushers in the most favourite, festive and widely celebrated occasion. From this day, there are 24 days remaining until Christmas and there are 30 days remaining until the end of the year.
Counting from the beginning of the year (January 1) and using the Gregorian calendar, December 1 is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years).
The Gregorian calendar also referred to, both as the Christian and Western calendars, resulted from the reform of the Julian calendar in 1582. In turn, the Julian calendar was a reform of the Roman calendar (said to be a lunar calendar) which was introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. The Gregorian calendar is today the most widely accepted and used. It is international.
Back to previous question, what is so special about December 1? If December 1st is your birthday or anniversary, it would be special to you. If a key activity occurred globally on December 1, you may consider this day significant. For example:
- December 1st, 1913 – the first drive-up gasoline station opens in Pitts.
- December 1st, 1955 – Rosa Parks, the American of African descent was arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus as was required of Americans of African descent.
- December 1st, 1965 – the South African government states that children of Caucasian (i.e. “white”) fathers are Caucasian.
- December 1st, 1981 – the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) virus is officially recognized.
- December 1st, 1982 – Michael Jackson releases his album “Thriller”. It became the greatest and biggest seller of all time.
The trivia is over. Now, what if none of these events and facts makes your December 1 special? Then, check these out:
1. Today God gives you a new opportunity to praise Him.
— Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
2. Today God provides for you and wants your trust.
— “Give us day by day our daily bread” (Luke 11:3).
3. Today God protects you from danger.
— Psalm 27:1-3 – Jesus is the defense of our lives. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.
4. Today God wants to speak to you through His Word.
— Deuteronomy 8:3 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. (Jesus, in Matthew 4:4)
— And like the believers at Berea who “searched the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11), we can do likewise.
5. Today God desires to renew your inner person.
— “The inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
— 2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
6.Today God desires to keep you pure.
— 1 Thessalonians 4:7 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
7. Today God is asking you:
— 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Back again to that same question we started with, what is so special about December 1? Or today? If you have God on your side, December 1st, or 2nd, or 3rd, or any other day, for that matter, could be special.
Today is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation. Amen.