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The 3 R's of Life
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Reading, writing and arithmetic are extremely important. But there are three other R’s that wind deeper within the fabric of human life. In fact, without these three the traditional three as we know them would never have happened.

I didn’t invent these other three R’s. They’re in a song found in Psalm 85 verses 4-7: “Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us…Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.”

There you have it – the whole story of human existence summed up in the 3 R’s. Revive. Restore. Rejoice.

When Adam and Eve made their fatal decision in the Garden, God did not leave humanity to perish in Satan’s clutches. The Godhead together provided a way of repairing the damage, a “plan B” that would breathe life back into the inhabitants of this planet. The grace of God is the only means of reclamation.

Restore to the Original Design

But God did more than just revive the human race. God cares enough to restore us. God continually showers us with blessings from heaven, whether or not we acknowledge them. God has also graciously given us a Book to aid us in the process of restoration. If we allow it, the power in this written account of the conflict between good and evil will restore in us the image of our Maker through the development of our characters in the original design.

The natural result of being revived and restored to favor with God is to rejoice. The Psalms are full of exclamations of rejoicing and praising God. Nehemiah gives this insight: “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). In the New Testament Paul declares, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

Because of the immeasurable love of God in reviving and restoring humankind, we can have an unimaginably bright future! Let us on Planet Earth daily join the angels in thanking and praising our Creator as we wait for the perfect timing of God in completing the restoration of this world.

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