“Then he cried out to the Lord, ‘Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?’ Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, ‘Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!’”
– 1 Kings 17:20,21
There is so much wisdom to glean from the Bible that one lifetime is hardly enough! Among the most interesting studies of the Jewish Scripture is the use of numbers. In fact, whenever you see a designated count or amount in a Biblical text, there is nearly always a reason. For instance, the number one points to God — He is the one and only and He should always be first in our lives. The number two is a symbol for the Law of Moses because it was brought down the mountain on two tablets, and the number seven indicates fullness or completion. The number ten symbolizes the Ten Commandments, twelve denotes the twelve tribes of Israel, and forty is the completion of a test or trial. Interestingly, three, which you might guess is indicative of the trinity, is actually a symbol of the covenant that God made with the Israelites and the three people — Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — to whom it was directly given. Therefore, whenever you see the word three used in Scripture, it is a reminder of the Lord’s everlasting faithfulness in relationship. When Elijah threw himself on the body of the little boy three times as he pleaded for God to restore his life, he was reminding Him of His covenant to take care of His chosen ones. In essence, he was holding Him to His promise!
My friend, God is always faithful, and it’s wise to encourage yourself in that truth. Like the Israelites who used something as ordinary as numbers to commemorate the goodness of their Lord, you too can benefit from remembering His steadfast devotion, even through common occurrences. When you look for Him in the small things and seek Him in what seems humdrum, you will renew your joy. For instance, this month, every time you write the date using the number three for March, turn it into an opportunity to thank Him for His covenant with you through Jesus Christ. You have thousands of reasons to rejoice and be glad in daily life, but the key is to find them. Look for His blessings in unlikely places and I assure you, they will be there!
Help me, Jesus, as I look for you in the small things, and lead me into new ways to thank you for your goodness.
In what daily occurrence or circumstance has Jesus revealed Himself to you today?