Daily Devotion Thursday June 8, 2017
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour”
I have lived in my father’s house until I was slightly over 20 when I moved out. I moved out because I had just finished a teacher training program and got some temporary employment. While in my father’s house, I had the company of my parents and siblings and other dependants. It was lovely that we supported each other. I had never felt being lonely until I moved out. I rented a room at a nearby township, cooked my food for the first time and I often stayed alone after returning from work. It was then that I was overwhelmed by loneliness and started to pray for my future wife. Three years later, I got married to Oliver my lovely wife.
My experiences of three years of lone stay and about seven years of marriage has made me appreciate relationships. I value and try to protect all my relationships. And whenever opportunities come for making new relationships, I always seize it. This is because;
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: 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. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Loneliness is a pitiful life. Whether it is a marital relationship or other forms of relationships, there is an advantage of being two or even more than being alone. In his observation, king Solomon in the above text notes “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Being two or more is a strength. God’s order of creation is a relational order. Before He created Eve, Adam was alone and God said;
“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him… Then the LORD God made a woman… and He brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:18, 22).
It is therefore in order that mankind must live in relationships. It is equally in order that we must seek to value and protect the relationships we have. I encourage you to do whatever you can to protect all your relationships. I pray that you will “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3). Amen! Rev. J
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