What Could God Do with a Leap Day?

What would you do with one more day? That’s what we get, every four years, just one more day of the year. As we get older, we look forward to having an extra day to put off paying the bills at the end of the month. Of course, we often feel like we could use an extra day each month, maybe even an extra day each week, or just a bonus day for every weekend. However, in order to compensate for the bonus six hours beyond the 365 days it takes for the earth to rotate around the sun, we end up with just one day, every four years. While we are all thinking of ways we can use this bonus day wisely, it might be useful to turn to the Bible to see how God can use extra time.

  • He can make a Sabbath with an extra day
  • He can accomplish His mission with an extra day
  • He can use an extra day to reveal His glory

The first instance we see in the Bible where God gave an extra day was during creation. He spent six days creating the material world as we know it. He could have stopped there. He could have let those six days of creation stand for the six days of labor we must do each week, but He provided one extra day. He created a day of rest to represent the Sabbath.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Genesis 2:2-3

We can certainly be thankful that He factored in that day of rest. Our bodies need to rest every once in a while, and taking some time to pause and reflect God can be beneficial to both your body and your soul. This was the first instance that an extra day was added.

Secondly, God invites His people to accomplish His will, and take part in His plan. During a particular battle, when five armies joined forces to oppose Israel, God’s people really needed some extra time to claim their victory. They just needed one more day.

Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.

Joshua 10:12-13

God granted Joshua and the army of Israel one extra day to accomplish His work. He miraculously provided one more day so the sun wouldn’t set on the battle. Unlike the Sabbath day, this bonus day wasn’t about rest, it was about finishing the great work at hand.

Finally, God can use an extra day to reveal His glory. When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he waited a couple of days before going to Bethany.

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

John 11:4-6

In this instance, he didn’t just use one day, but two. Jesus could have gone when he first heard of Lazarus getting sick, but He already revealed He could heal the sick. He could have arrived before Lazarus was sealed in the tomb, but even that miracle wasn’t big enough. While the exact motivation isn’t laid out, we can see that Jesus knew the magnitude of the miracle to come. When He called Lazarus out of the tomb, He demonstrated His power over death.

With all these different ways understanding what God can do with an extra day, how will you use your leap day? Will you use it as a day of rest and reflection, so you can recharge and tackle the rest of the year? Will you complete a task you set out to finish, but just need more time? Will you take the time to wait for Jesus to move in your life?


I began my career with Mardel in 2006, while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. While I love to write fiction and convey stories through novels, I also have a passion for studying philosophy, theology, and apologetics. I enjoy the faith-building resources available at Mardel, and look forward to sharing what new topics and information I’m learning.


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