There is Strength in Numbers

     The book of Ecclesiastes is believed to have been written by King Solomon, who was given exceptional wisdom by the Lord God. Because Solomon asked for wisdom and not great wealth, God allowed him to prosper and became one of the richest kings ever. The book of Ecclesiastes was written very late in his life. In this book he gives advice to the reader about many different aspects of life. He was uniquely qualified to do this because he had the money to buy any thing his heart desired, which he did. This book tells us what is important and what is not important in our travel through life.

     In Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12, we read the following:

     “Two are better than one, because they have good reward for their labor. 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. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

     There are many lessons that can be derived from these four verses. From a physical stand point, we can see the value of this advice. One of the greatest fears older people have is that they will fall and hurt themselves with no one to get help. I have known some to fall and lay in the floor for hours until someone comes to help them. I have been at hotels in large cities that have signs in the room that warns you not to go out at night alone, which indicates there is safety in numbers. I have also heard of people that got lost in the winter and survived because they used their companion’s body heat to survive.

     More important than the physical things, is to apply this same advice to our spiritual lives. God in his infinite wisdom knew Christians need other Christians to support them as they go through trials and tribulations of trying to serve Him and live a good Christian life.

     This reminds me of a story. There was an old elder, who on a cold winter day, went to visit a member of the congregation he shepherded. This member had not been in attendance for several weeks. During the visit the member said he could get more out of the Bible by studying it at home by himself. The old elder tried to explain to him by coming together we encourage and exhort one another. The member said he did not need that. The old elder thought for a minute, he took a poker and raked away a hot glowing coal from the fireplace. In a short time, the cherry red coal became cold and gray.  As long as this coal was with the other coals it stayed cherry red and hot, but when it was removed from the other coals it quickly became cold. When Christians remove themselves from their brothers and sisters in Christ they become cold spiritually. The importance of this concept is found in Hebrews 10: 24-25. “And let us consider one another in order to stir love and good works not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

     God knew that trying to live the Christian life would not be easy. He knew if we are to succeed, we will have to have the support and encouragement of our brothers and sisters.

     The book of Ecclesiastes is full of wonderful advice as to what is important in our life, and what is worthless. I encourage everyone to spend some time studying this wonderful book that God has given us.

–Don Adair



One Response to “There is Strength in Numbers”

  1. Faith Parent on February 7th, 2015 11:16 am

    I loved this article, because I live alone. Stumbled on it by a search I did on “Stength in numbers”. Today I was to attend my first church attendance at a Messianic Jewish Temple. I want to be with ‘real’ believers in the Gospel. The christian churches today (in California) are becoming fewer and father in between. In 2 yrs. I have only found these churches that sing christian rock, the pastor is a great comedian, yet never opens or speaks from the bible… so I found this church about an hour away.and hoping it’s one I can stay in, because I had to come out from among them.

    This article helped and I think of the Lord being my other person in my life. Totally dependent on Him. But I do need other Christians to exhort and encourage me. It gets too lonely and sometimes I need help making a big decision. There are many reasons 2 are better than one. 2 can live cheaper than one. If I was without, I know the true church would take care of me, as they did for each other in the book of Acts, before the church had denominations. The world or my family would not do that for me. I would die without Jesus. He is my portion everyday and everyday I see miracles. He multiplies my food, time, money, etc. He’s a great listener. We have the best conversations because I have so much down time to think, pray, read, listen to His music, etc.

    Again, I do need strength and I feel the Lord is leading me to be with born again Jews for Christ. They’re pretty strong believers in Christ. Very sane people. But I woke up this morning and it’s cloudy cold rainy and dreary outdoors. I feel like, no, not today. And this will just keep happening until I make myself go. This is not acceptable to me anymore, but it always happens. I get timid or just always have an excuse why I can’t go today. It would help if there was someone else getting ready to go with me. So many reasons for 2 or more – over the 1. Funny this helps me want to make it to church – but I already decided not to go today. Don’t feel up to it. These are all feelings that pass and the whole next week I’m going to be kicking myself for missing. Please pray for me that I make it to church. Thank you for this wonderful article and I love King Solomon and King David. Thier books are the most heartening of all. thank you so much, In Jesus Name Amen! Love, your sister in Christ, Jeanne Faith

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