Their Labor

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

Key Words

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 look at one of the key words from our scripture today.

Key Word:  Labor

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.

Labor:  work, especially hard physical work. Our daily lives are FULL of work.  No matter how fast and furiously we toil, our WORK is NEVER complete.  God sometimes "calls" us into a certain field of work.  It is important for us to remember that the WORK is never as important as the RELATIONSHIPS.  God places us in our field of work so that He can use us to build RELATIONSHIPS there.  The labor will never end, so our chances to build relationships will NEVER end either!

__________________________________________________________________________________

Connection to Us Today

I hear so many people today searching for the perfect career that they feel passionate about.  This isn't necessarily wrong, I am all for feeling passionate about your labor,

BUT I think we should reconsider the TRUE purpose of our labor.

 According to Solomon, the  true purpose of labor is relationship building.

A person can build relationships WHEREVER they are and in whatever career they choose!

Let's be careful to not focus so much on the JOB that we miss out on the LOVE  that we could be building!!