9 Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, New King James Version)
Are you the kind of person that loves to be surrounded by friends, or do you consider yourself a loner? Or, are you a little bit of both?
My husband and I are both loners, and yet we enjoy people when they are around. So, how do we reconcile our preferences with these verses from Ecclesiastes 4? Solomon says that two are better than one, and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
God makes each of us in a unique way. One way is not better than another as our personality traits are gifts from God. However, Solomon is right. Though we may be loners, it is still so very important to have a close friend. That friend may be a husband or wife, a parent, a sister or brother, or a sister or brother in the Lord.
Solomon understood our propensity for loneliness and failure. Yet, one friend can make all the difference. With one good friend you can face the world together, you can set goals together, you can encourage one another, and you can even double your service for the Lord.
Solomon goes one step farther when he says, "A threefold cord cannot be broken," or as we might say it, there is strength in numbers.
Take some time today to talk with your best friend and express appreciation for him or her. Then, take some time today to talk with your very best friend of all, the Lord Jesus Christ!
God Bless You,