“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble… A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 NLT)
Help. It’s a beautiful thing. Sometimes it’s hard to ask for it and sometimes it’s hard to admit it, but we all need it. Even if we don’t think we need any help right now, there’s comfort in knowing that someone has your back. When all hell tries to break loose it’s good to have someone who’s ready to help – however, whenever, wherever.
Friendship is powerful and should never be overlooked. Don’t believe the lie that it’s easier to do life alone and deal with the attacks of the enemy in isolation. You’ve probably heard me say that we were meant to live this life of faith with others, in community. We were made for the strengthening that comes from relationships with one another, caring for one another.
We are stronger in community.
We are safer in community.
We are better in community.
We are more effective in community, too.
Here’s the good news about community: God is not just on your side and my side, He is on OUR side. God is not just for you and me, He is for US. And… “If God is for US, who can ever be against US.” (Romans 8:31 NLT)
The triple-braided cord: God, you and me… not easily attacked, not easily defeated, not easily broken.
I like that very much. I like you, too. I like US even better. I’m so glad we are on the same team. We make a good one, you know. When we’ve got each other covered, we get overwhelming victory. WE get that. Overwhelming victory is not just yours and it’s not just mine. It’s OURS! Together!
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is OURS through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NLT)
Don’t worry, God has OUR backs.