December 5 – Triangle
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 3:16, 17; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-10; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:31-34
A preacher once remarked “A God who is small enough for our brains would not be big enough for our needs.” The Bible is truly the word to man from the infinite, almighty, eternal God. Just as we cannot grasp “infinite”, “almighty”, and “eternal”, so we also cannot fully grasp many other teachings in God’s word. The Trinity is one of these teachings. How can God be one, and also three?
Reason tells us that there can be only one God, for how can more than one infinite being exist? Divine revelation lets us see that the one God eternally exists and reveals Himself as three persons.
The Bible is clear that God is one, and also that God is three; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christians use symbols such as the three leaf clover, the egg (white, yolk and shell), and even the composition of man (body, soul and spirit) to help wrap our minds around this profound mystery.
The triangle is another such symbol. With its equal sides representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the triangle communicates the equality of the persons, their teamwork, and because the triangle is inherently the strongest geometric shape, their strength.
The passage in Deuteronomy reminds us not only that God is one, but also that we need to place reminders of His love and His teachings everywhere in our world. We should also remember that God Himself placed such symbols as the triangle throughout His creation to help us remember Him.
Knowing that such common symbols as the triangle represent important truths in our Christian faith gives special meaning to our lives. If we get in the habit of looking for these symbols, we will discover that they are abundant in our world. Look around as you move through your day and see how many triangles you can discover. Bridge struts, the letter “A”, road signs, mountains and often plants have many triangle shapes. These symbols are a constant reminder of His presence and His caring. Look for them during this special time of year and throughout the New Year to come. Be reminded of our Savior and His love.