Ecclesiastes 4:9-12New King James Version (NKJV) The Value of a Friend
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.
Devotional Study in 3 parts:
History Behind These verses
Relevance to Us Today
History Behind These Verses
The book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon toward the end of his life. Early on in his life, King Solomon earnestly sought after God. Because of this, God blessed him with both wisdom and riches. Solomon was happy and fulfilled until he started putting his wealth and success above his relationships. From the outside it looked as if Solomon had everything a person could ever want. The book of Ecclesiastes proves otherwise. This book is full of Solomon's realizations of how his earthly pursuits were meaningless. Solomon had turned from God and his other healthy relationships and began seeking "things" instead of seeking God. He then began to realize that all of his wealth was pointless without relationships! The book of Ecclesiastes is Solomon's warning to us. He wants us to learn from his mistakes. Solomon wants us to know that the only way to have true happiness in life is to seek a life FULL of loving relationships both with GOD and with others.
I think it is vital as we read the Bible to slow down and mediate on some of the key words.
Let's take a few moments to notice some important words in Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 and discover their significance.
Key Word: Warm
Warm: of or at a fairly or comfortable temperature. Warm is a word used not only to describe temperature but also used to describe a feeling. Many people today work so hard without taking the time to build friendships that they are left feeling COLD. As a result, they often develop feelings of depression and worthlessness. Solomon does not want this to happen to us! He is showing us in this illustration the importance of LOVE and RELATIONSHIPS to keep us warm!
Connection To Us Today
Have you ever walked into a room and the atmosphere is COLD? It is happening more and more these days. Nowadays we are rushing through life! Everybody and everything is moving faster and faster but what are we really accomplishing? When we sit still we feel like we are missing out on something. What we are actually missing out of are relationships!! Many people are suffering from depression these days due to a lack of warmth in their life. People today may have over 2,000 twitter friends, but still feel cold and sad. This is horrible! Our fast paced lifestyles are killing the warmth . Let's work on fixing this. The next time you are in a public place- (your work place, church, local store) be intentional in the moment. These moments are precious and should be savored. We need to stop feeling like time spent between events or accomplishments is wasted time. This "extra" time is a gift! Let's use this gift of down time to add warmth to an otherwise cold world. Let's actually look at the other people around us. Let's put down our cell phones, make eye contact, smile, and add warmth back to the room. We can make a positive change happen. God created us to be relational beings- let's put our focus back on relationships!