There is an old proverb which states that sticks bundled together cannot be broken but a single stick is easily broken. Whether we have tens of thousands of friends of a social networking site or only have a handful of people who really care about us; we need other people in our lives or we surely will snap under the pressure of life itself.
In the old days, when the pioneers crossed the country on their way to California and other locations, when the enemy came to attack them, they circled the wagons. Why did they do this? Simply because the enemy could not single each person out but had to take out the whole circle to win.
When times get tough, as they are for many of us right now, we need to spiritually circle the wagons and join together as one big bundle of believers which cannot be easily broken. In difficult times, it is vital to lay down our personal pride and willingly allow ourselves to join with others so as to make the whole stronger than each one individually.
Another old proverb speaks of how a coal in the midst of a roaring fire is hot but if taken from the fire it cools rapidly and becomes cold quickly. It is vital that we find other believers who are spiritually hot for in so doing it keeps us hot. When we remove ourselves from the collective fire we surely burn out and become as worthless as a lump of coal or a burned up stick.
No one can stand alone and expect to win in the long run. We all desperately need each other to survive all the world throws at us. In the movie "Cast Away" the Tom Hanks character learned to survive while isolated on a island, but in due time he had to escape and find help for in the long run he simply could not make it all alone.
We all need and want our space, which is fine and understandable but we need to remember that we also need each other when things get difficult or we encounter sickness, unexpected emergencies or emotionally get crushed by situations beyond our ability to deal with. Needing others is NOT a sign of weakness but rather an acknowledgment of STRENGTH.
Only a fool would reject the comfort, encouragement and help other others when in distress. To the contrary, the wise man rejoices when others run to their side during times of distress and in so doing make a bundle that cannot be easily broken.
Over the past few years, I have been very grateful for the Friends of God who have "circled the wagons" around me as I have faced issues, including lifte-threatening ones! You and your wife have been amongst those friends and I am very thankful for all the prayers and support the two of you have given me over the years.
Circling the wagons. Making one circle out of many. Just like the true church being many members, but one body. All Christians are members of Christ's body and each member relies on the rest of the members of the body. What good is an ear without a mouth, or a hand without an arm. What good is any of us without the head of the body, which is Christ.
Thanks for sharing this blog.
How very true dear brother!
I had a crisis recently which was actually to do with someone in my church in leadership who had been humiliating me and oppressing me. I broke down and cried. Thankfully, I had friends who belonged to another church. They prayed with me, counselled me, supported me and I was able to take refuge in their church for a few weeks until the problem was resolved. I honestly do not know how I wd have got through this time if my only xtian friends were in my own church. We need to be connected to the whole body of christ!
Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. I have heard the Belgian horse used as an incredible example of this same principle. When one of these magnificent animals is harnessed, he can pull 8,000 pounds of weight, but if a second horse is put with him, the two can pull 18,000 pounds. Here s the kicker. If you train the two to work in harmony, they can pull over 25,000 pounds! There seems to be a universal principle that says, the effort of two working together is not doubled, but rather multiplied. This makes me think also of what has been called the miracle of compound interest, or the exponential curve. For example, a penny put together with another penny and then doubled everyday for 30 days comes out to over 6 million dollars! The more there is, the more it multiplies. Jesus referred to this principle when He said, For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath (Matt.13:12). A lot of people do not like this principle. They think it is unfair. Why should they that have, be given more, and those with nothing, lose what they have? All we can tell these people is to take their complaint up with Jesus, who set forth the principle. The full import of Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is this Two are better than one: because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken
your blog is well timed for me.as you know from my recent blog, the challenges me and mrs vet are having now. also,last night was the first time in a few weeks ,i was motivated to go to bible study.indeed, i was told how much i was missed alot with lots of hugs and handshakes.. thank you again for always being not just a source of encouragement foe me but to many others. be blessed