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Better Together

Posted: Monday, September 3

 Brittnia Papendorf // Children's Admin Asst

Brittnia Papendorf // Children's Admin Asst

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7
Psalm 47:1-9
Proverbs 22:16

Verse of the Day:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)


In this portion of scripture, Solomon shares with us some great wisdom regarding our need for community with others.  Two is better than one.  In other words, have great friends. 

 

We would never assume we can live the Christian life without the Holy Spirit.  In the same way, we cannot assume we can live the Christian life without Christ-filled friendships. 

 

When Jesus started His ministry, He began by surrounding Himself with friends, the twelve disciples. By surrounding ourselves with others, we can share our hopes, dreams, and struggles, which is vital to living in a community and building great relationships.  We will become sharper, stronger, and more fruitful.

 

The devil schemes to make us believe we should try to do things alone; that we do not need anyone else.  Isolated is where he wants us…especially in our struggles.  Making us believe no one else will understand what we are going through, bringing us shame, and leading us to silence in our struggles is where we can become entangled in deep sin.  We all struggle and at times are being spiritual attacked.  We do not need to struggle alone.  We need each other to pray and fight for victory!

 

In Exodus 17:11-13, we see a great example of friends coming along and helping another friend in a time of need.  “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.  When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it.  Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady until sunset.  So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”  Just like Aaron and Hur helped Moses during his time of weakness, we too need to be surrounded by friends during our weak moments. 

 

Developing a good friendship with another person is important to our welfare; but best of all is when that friendship has Jesus at the center of it. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12b) My best friendships are the friendships built around the Lord Jesus Christ.  I am extremely grateful for friendships that challenge, encourage, pray, help, and fight for me.  

 

How about you?  Are you willing to share, invest, and be vulnerable with another person?  Do not hesitate to ask for help.  Is there someone you can help in their time of need?  God never intended for us to be alone.  He knew our lives would be better together.