“I’ve rarely seen a goose completely alone like my lonesome feathered friend. Geese are notably communal, flying in a V-formation to deflect the wind. THEY’RE MADE TO BE TOGETHER.” Like birds and ants.
“As human beings, WE WERE CREATED FOR COMMUNITY TOO (see Genesis 2:18). And in Ecclesiastes 4:10, Solomon describes how vulnerable we are when we’re alone: “Pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” There’s strength in numbers, he added, for “though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (v. 12).’ -Our Daily Bread April 23.2020
Finally, the day has arrived where I no longer see Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 as verses for a romantic couple or two becoming one[marriage]. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. This can apply to the relationship of friendship.
This is where I am going further.
Growing up with plenty of friends is not something I can say I did. Back in elementary school, I can say I had a few friends. Next was Junior High, then High school. The years after high school was not marked with plenty of friendships, just a few. In the various colleges I’ve attended in my early twenties I’ve had a few friends. Friendships that were made possible because of proximity. We saw each other almost every day if not every other day. It is something that I miss, but I am able to experience now in my work environment.
The fourth insight from this article is another way I view the verses from Ecclesiastes 4:4-12.
“True Friendship Is More Like A Covenant Than A Contract” This idea causes me to take friendships seriously while at the same time affirming what I was taught growing up; which is pretty much that most connections are only acquaintances. It takes a little more work for a person to become a friend. Haha, yes, I like my 27yr young/old description of what I was taught and how I grew up thinking.
So while I can now freely admit that I did not grow up with many friends, I am thankful for this. Now I can appreciate that I perhaps need to learn to become friendly…
Proverbs 18:24 NKJV “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
because a man who has friends must himself be friendly.
The article I shared above is a good read, especially for someone wanting to know more about friendship and what God has to say about it.
Here’s the closing paragraph by Drew Hunter, the writer of the article, “The Bible gives us everything we need to recover a greater vision of true friendship. It shows us even our feeblest of efforts at forging friendships echo a more glorious reality—every friendship is a small and imperfect echo of the triune God, who made us in his image to enjoy friendship forever. Friendship didn’t come from us; it came from God. And he gives us everything we need—through his word and his Spirit—to cultivate it well, for the glory of God. “
ON OUR CURRENT SITUATION
While searching for the post I decided to use I saw, ‘what the Bible says about the Coronavirus’ and I thought well the Bible doesn’t say anything directed to the virus itself but the Bible does address being afraid, it addresses anxiety, it addresses worry, it talks about God’s protection and speaks of what I believe is His great keeping power. I mean, take a look at how God kept the people He chose and rescued from the Egyptians. They traveled on foot, their feet did not get swollen and their clothes were intact![Deuteronomy 8 verses 2 to 5, or read as much of Deuteronomy chapter 8]
Absolutely wonderful! I believe this is the same God that is still existent now, caring for whom He chooses.
Off to finish my devotional time and get started on the day! Have a good one! Cheerio!