Three seems to be almost a magical number. A rope is often made of three strands. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken,” says Ecclesiastes 4:12. A stool often has three legs. As a photographer I use a tripod which has, no surprise, three legs. God is triune, being Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Enough said; three is a good number.
So, I’d like to suggest three affirmations that can help us make the most of where we are. They can help us find peace in the place we find ourselves and give us the gumption to do God’s good where we are.
Affirmation One: God has known all along we’d be where we are!
God is not limited by time. He has a full grasp of everything in the past, the present, and the future. He exists beyond time, sort of “above” it so He sees the whole timeline, including the timeline of your life and mine. This means God has known from before time that you and I would be exactly where we are right now when it comes to the circumstances of our lives. This leads us to the second of our three affirmations.
Affirmation Two: God has a plan for where we are!
God never says to Himself, “That caught me by surprise; I don’t know what to do.” God always knows what to do. He has infinite knowledge and infinite wisdom and infinite love. That means He knows everything about everything and knows best how to utilize that knowledge (that’s the wisdom part) and plans on it ultimately working for our good (this is where the love part comes in). Nothing happens that God can’t use for His glory and our good (excuse the double negative). This leaves us with the third affirmation, the affirmation we have some control over.
Affirmation Three: God wants us to yield to living out His plan for where we are.
We have a choice every day and many times every day. Do we seek to determine what God’s will is in our current situation and decide to carry it out, or not? He’s promised us His help to carry out this best plan for us, we don’t have to do it on our own. This is where prayer and humble dependence on Him comes in.
Three is a wonderful number. These three affirmations are wonderful affirmations to live by!
“You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:68